Selected Emphases in Fiction:
Instructor: Ted Morrissey
Class Type: Literature
In the sciences, it is commonplace to think of current researchers as building on the work of previous scientists (of “standing on the shoulders of giants,” as Sir Isaac Newton famously phrased it in 1676). However, this phenomenon is not limited to the sciences. Writers often have been inspired by the work of earlier authors to produce what has become known as “revisionist” texts (stories, novels, poems, plays); that is, they write narratives that are sequels or prequels to the original, or they tell the story from a different point of view, or in a different literary style. In this course we will study some originating texts and then works they have spawned. Among other issues, we will analyze the techniques that contemporary authors employ to synthesize the original into their own unique creations. If writers think of all that has come before as potential sources of inspiration, it opens innumerable possibilities for their own creative efforts.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Testament of Mary
New Oxford Annotated Bible
(a different bible may be used for reference in this class)