4 Credit Hours
As time progresses, our understanding of past events is constantly altered by changes in culture, the discoveries of new facts and the perspective that the passage of time allows us. In many cases, the revision of history is for the best, bringing to light previously hidden or suppressed information, but it can also be used in more insidious ways. In this course, we'll explore a variety of fictional and nonfictional accounts of historical time periods and events and uncover how we write and rewrite history, either under the guise of truth or fabrication, challenging the way in which we understand the past and how it shapes the present. Implicit in this exploration is how often we consider literature a window to the past, even though it may be disconnected from historical truth. Possible text selections may include historical documents, Sarah Vowell's UNFAMILIAR FISHES, Quentin Tarantino's DJANGO UNCHAINED (film/screenplay), Philip K. Dick's THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, and Henry Miller's THE CRUCIBLE. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.