ENGL 107
Temptation Fall 2024
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 106

Class Details

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: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1554
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Four five-page papers, in-class presentation, thoughtful participation in discussions
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: First-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 107 Division I COMP 106 Division I
WS Notes: Students will write four five-page papers, each of which will receive timely and extensive written feedback from the instructor. Students will be invited to discuss their papers with the instructor at the draft stage.

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