Course: Critical Transformations

HC 221H

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

“My intention is to tell of bodies / Changed to different forms," declares Ovid.  What does it mean to tell stories of transformation?  What different literary, cultural, and philosophical ideas shape our notions of form and transformation?  With Ovid as our inspiration, we will examine mutations of voice, gender, and form in poetry, prose, and drama. Formal and informal writing assignments, oral presentations, quizzes, a final, and active contribution to class discussion will be required.