Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
The literature of science can be said to take as its starting point the pursuit of certain kinds of knowledge. When science is viewed as a collective enterprise, this starting point can be fairly broad; at other times, this starting point can focus on only one area, e.g., astronomy, evolution, or quantum mechanics.
Yet in many cases, regardless of the approach, the literature of science presents its subject matter while exploring familiar themes found in other types of literature. Such themes include, for example, the search for truth and the relationship between the individual and society. This course will introduce students to various writers -- novelists, playwrights, essayists, and scientists -- who have discussed the many facets of science in accessible and thoughtful ways.
While students will focus on literary interpretations of works, some of these interpretations will require students to understand and discuss basic scientific concepts and theories. Authors may include scientists such as Francis Bacon, Galileo, and Charles Darwin; writers such as H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and Bertolt Brecht; and recent popularizers of science such as Loren Eiseley, Stephen Jay Gould, and Carl Sagan.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
HUMA 1301, LIT 2331, LIT 2332, or LIT 2341