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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 337 Disaster, Death, and Madness

The central objective of this course is to help students to enter imaginatively into the condition of people caught in extremis by disaster, death, and madness—or any combination of the three. The course is an intensely collaborative experience for the student and the instructor. Students give a seminar report on a public disaster that has been researched, review drafts of fellow-students’ work, write an original play, and participate in the production of the “class play.” The three common texts used in the course are John Hersey’s familiar Hiroshima; Kai T. Erikson’s Everything in Its Path; and Norman Maclean’s powerful—and posthumously published—Young Men and Fire.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.