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Legends of the Fall (THE2042)

30 credits

This module will examine the treatment of the ‘Fall of Humankind’ in English literature. At its core will be the reading and discussion of Milton’s Paradise Lost. Other works and genres of literature (lyric poetry, short story, novella, children’s story) will be read in conjunction with Milton’s epic poem by such authors as G.M. Hopkins, Donald Barthelme, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and C.S. Lewis. Key themes will include dualism and the origin of evil, free will and predetermination, innocence and adulthood (especially in relation to sexuality), the function of angels and demons, paradise and hell.