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seminars > fall 2014 schedule > seminar: Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature: Metamorphosis and Metaphor

 

Honors Seminars Fall 2014

Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature: Metamorphosis and Metaphor

Course:
HON 202 Sec:004  
Credit:
3 hours  
GEP Category:
Humanities (Literature)  
Time:
13:30-14:45  
Days:
TuTh  
Location:
Tompkins 0G113  
Instructor:
Dr. Michael Grimwood
 
Description:

Restricted to first semester UHP freshmen.

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect." With traditions of metamorphosis from Homer and Ovid to the Incredible Hulk and Spider Man, this seminar offers examples from non-Western as well as (primarily) Western cultures. In addition attention will be paid to metamorphic operations generally, including especially metaphor and other figures of speech, translation, and cross-media adaptation. Readings are from Ovid's Metamorphoses, Dante's The Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and other appropriate works. There will be opportunities to explore metamorphosis in film and other arts.