What Think You Of Falling In Love?

Days/Time: Tues. and Thurs. 6:00-10:00, and 9:00-5:00 Saturday, May 12
(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, and folklore.


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.

Faculty Biography

Rebecca Chamberlain, 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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