21L.705 / SP.512 Major Authors: Rewriting Genesis: "Paradise Lost" and Twentieth-Century Fantasy

As taught in: Spring 2009

Artwork by James Jacques Joseph Tissot depicting Creation.

The Creation, c. 1896-1902, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836-1902), gouache on board, 8 1/8 x 9 11/16 in. (20.7 x 24.6 cm), at the Jewish Museum, New York. (Image courtesy of wikipedia.org.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Mary Fuller

Course Description

What does the Genesis story of creation and temptation tell us about gender, about heterosexuality, and about the origins of evil? What is the nature of God, and how can we account for that nature in a cosmos where evil exists? When is rebellion justified, and when is authority legitimate? These are some of the key questions that engaged the poet John Milton, and that continue to engage readers of his work.