COML 3460

COML 3460

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Writers are often unable to treat the most deeply controversial issues within their societies persuasively and safely by direct and open challenge, especially in ages and cultures which enforce conformity to some political, religious, or sexual norm. This course examines the literary and rhetorical techniques, formulated in the Greco-Roman antiquity and employed by writers and musicians for over two millennia, to express obliquely what may not be expressed overtly, with special attention to Imperial Rome (Plutarch, Quintilian, Demetrius), Victorian England (W.S. Gilbert), the post-World War II Americas and Europe (Frank Baum, Dalton Trumbo, Friedrich Durrenmatt, Czeslaw Milosz, Theodorakis, Abram Tertz, Jorge Luis Borges, and Vinicius de Moraes), and in selected movies (including Spartacus and Z).

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (HB)
Distribution Category (LA-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-UGR)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Combined with: CLASS 3646

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 15533COML 3460  SEM 101