ENG-3390 Literature of the Grotesque

3 credits

Prerequisite: ENG-1052 and ENG-1310 or ENG-2171 or ENG-2172 or ENG-2281 or ENG-2282 or ENG-2321 or ENG-2322 or ENG-2510.

This course includes historical, literary, philosophic and aesthetic approaches to the grotesque, especially examining the mix of humor and horror so essential to the genre. Rabelais, Swift, Poe, Dostoevski, Baudelaire, Beckett, Nathanael West and Flannery O'Connor, among others, will be studied, as well as slides of grotesque art works, from Hieronymous Bosch to Salvadore Dali. (Spring semesters, even years)