Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Speck, Christopher
Discipline and Number
LIT 3334 Section 501
TR Time 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Literature of Science

Description of Course:

This course will introduce students to various writers — novelists, playwrights, essayists, scientists, and doctors — who have used science as a starting point for thinking about themes familiar from other types of literature. Such themes include, for example, the search for truth and the relationship between the individual and society.

Through essays, participation papers, and class discussion, students will focus on identifying these themes and on developing their own literary analysis of assigned readings. In addition to the authors listed below, other writers may include scientists such as Francis Bacon, Galileo, and Charles Darwin; writers such as H.G. Wells and Aldous Huxley; and recent popularizers of science such as Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan.

Required Texts:

Paul Austin. Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the E.R. W.W. Norton, 2009.
Bertolt Brecht. Life of Galileo. Trans. John Willett. Penguin Classics, 2008.
Loren Eiseley. The Immense Journey. Random House, 1957.
Michael Frayn. Copenhagen. Anchor Books, 1998.
Atul Gawande. Complications. Picador, 2003.
Heinar Kipphardt. In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Trans. Ruth Speirs. Hill and Wang, 1968.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

HUMA 1301, LIT 2331, LIT 2332, or LIT 2341

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