Catalogue 2016 - 2017

ENGL 366 Crime and Punishment


3 cr.


Two 100-level writing courses with a grade of "C" or better and junior standing, or permission of English chair.

Course Description

This course examines a diversity of crimes and their punishments in selected works of Western Literature. Unlike popular detectives and TV shows where the emphasis is on "whodunit," literature often identifies the criminal at the outset and explores, in unparalleled depth and richness, his or her inner landscape: motives, conscience, reckoning, and growth. Through the study of crime in literary works spanning centuries, from Biblical stories and Greek tragedy through Shakespeare and Dostoevsky to contemporary literary criminals, this course will enhance our understanding of the psychological and moral complexity of crime in its diverse human and literary dimensions. This course satisfies one of the Writing Intensive Course requirements for Arts and Sciences students.