Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:15 PM
Professor: Molly Ferguson
The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy wrote that “all great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” With the second part of this quote in mind, the theme of this course will be “the stranger,” and we will study works about people who are outcasts, outsiders, and foreigners in their environments or within themselves. Sometimes the stranger’s voice will control the narrative, and in other works the stranger will be viewed from the outside. Using this as a lens to study very different genres of literature, we will discuss how and why we label others as strangers or strange, and how feeling different can shape the way a person acts/reacts. Works will include plays, a novel, and selected short stories, films, and poetry from around the world. These texts will serve as a springboard for our discussion as we move toward an understanding of what it means for each of us to be both critical readers and writers.