[ENGL 190] Introduction to Literary Study: Science, “Madness,” and Monsters
From Tony Stark to Victor Frankenstein, and Frankenstein’s monster to the androids of modern science fiction, stories about science often explore the lines between genius and “madness,” wonder and pragmatism, and humans and the technology we create. At the same time, art and science are often framed as opposite poles on a continuum, with creativity, inspiration, and art on one side, and science, logic, and reason on the other. In this course, we consider the distance and overlap between the arts and sciences, “mad” scientists and the monsters they create, and how writers of fiction, poetry, and other texts have approached science as subject, metaphor, and worldview. We also develop and practice skills of close reading, interpretation, and analysis that prepare you for future college-level writing and literary study.