ENG 100/132 - Altered States: Literature and Intoxication (Core/First-Year Seminar)Three or Four Credits
Fall and Spring Semesters
Various types of altered states of consciousness have long been reflected in Western literature. Changes to identity – not just states brought about by alcohol or drugs, but also spiritual or other intensely emotional experiences – have been a broad theme explored by many authors, from Homer’s Lotus eaters to the enchantments of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to contemporary confessional memoir. In this course, we will explore the many ways in which altered states have been represented by authors, ranging from the celebratory to the repentant, and the ways in which they construct or challenge the identities of authors, characters and audiences. We will also consider the acts of writing and reading as themselves challenges to conventional identity.
ENG 132 is a First-Year Seminar and open to First-Year Students only.
When offered as ENG 100, for 3-credits, fulfills the Literature Cornerstone Requirement.
When offered as ENG 132, for 4-credits, fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Literature Cornerstone Requirements.