ENGL 107
Temptation Fall 2017 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as COMP106 / ENGL107
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We want most those things we can’t–or shouldn’t–have. Or, to put it another way, it is when limitations are placed on our actions by law, religion, or the facts of our own biology that we experience desire most acutely. In this course, we will examine fictional narratives, lyric poems, and philosophical meditations in which people are tempted to act against their better judgement. Free will, ambition, temperance, suspense, despair, and repression will be our conceptual preoccupations. We will get to know such writers and artists as Homer, Euripides, Ovid, Augustine, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Laclos, Mozart, Freud, Frost, and Scorsese.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1815
Requirements/Evaluation: four five-page papers, in-class presentation, thoughtful participation in discussions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive;

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