What Think You Of Falling In Love?
Days/Time: Tues. and Thurs. 6:00-10:00, and 9:00-5:00 Saturday,
(No class T. or Th. May 8 and 10)
Faculty Signature Required: No
Any Prerequisites: No
Any Special Expenses (for the student): No
Upper or Lower Division: Upper Division
Students will receive credit in literature, writing, comparative mythology,
Natalie Goldberg says that love is "the one word no writer should ever
utter," yet stories of star crossed lovers, unrequited love, spiritual
love, and love of friends and family are a compelling force in literature,
myth, history, and culture. This intensive program will survey different
representations of love: from the passion of Eros and Psyche to Heloise
and Abelard, from Sappho to Shakespeare, and from Blake to the Beatles.
As we explore various aspects of love, from the romantic to the mystical,
we will read selections from Plato, Rumi, the Arthurian Romances, the medieval
mystical and courtly love traditions, John Donne, Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
Keats, Rilke, D.H. Lawrence, Neruda, Tagore, Bly, and others. We will also
explore firsthand accounts of how different cultures sanction or restrain
this powerful emotion.
Throughout the course we will review a variety of sources, both contemporary
and traditional, as we engage in critical reflection and analysis of texts,
films, and performances, and develop tools of literary criticism, historical
analysis, and cultural studies. Sources will include ballads and songs,
medieval literature, mythology, poetry, plays, films, and novels.
Students will experience a rigorous program of reading, writing, artistic
expression, oral presentation, and critical discussion. Writing and research
assignments are designed for the committed student who wants to work deeply
and to write well. Instructional strategies include lectures, workshops,
films, performances, and seminars.
a Northwest writer, storyteller, and educator, holds an M.A. in English
Literature from the University of Washington with an emphasis in Medieval
Literature, oral narrative, and Puget Sound Salish storytelling traditions.
. She teaches courses in literature, storytelling, oral narrative,
writing, illuminated manuscripts, comparative mythology, and cultural studies.
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