ENGL 444N (01) - Monsters!!!


Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   30  
CRN: 16830
This course will introduce students to a number of critical thinking processes by examining one of the most symbolically significant human archetypes, Monsters. By engaging works of historical significance and popular texts, students will explore a familiar subject from historical, political, psychological, and literary points of view. Writing intensive.
Section Comments: Open only to new freshmen in June. Continuing students who will be freshmen or sophomores in the fall may register when WEBCAT registration re-opens in mid-July.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Only listed classes in section: Freshman, Sophomore
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Inquiry (Discovery), Humanities(Disc)
Instructors: Lawrence Beemer

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 MW 9:10am - 10:30am HS 108
Additional Course Details: 

Monsters lurk in every corner of human culture from the earliest myths to big budget blockbusters. This course will examine what they are, how they are used in stories, and most importantly, what they are meant to signify. To do this, we will be employing a variety of approaches including historical, psychological, and cultural critiques of race, class, and gender. Our materials will range from the ancient to the contemporary, and we will examine a variety of monsters as they have appeared in books and on film. This course satisfies both Inquiry and Writing Intensive requirements. Readings include Beowulf, Frankenstein, Interview with a Vampire, and others.

ENGL 444 classes may not be taken by English Department majors for Major requirement credit. ENGL 444 classes may be used by ENGL Department majors to satisfy Discovery requirements.


Beowulf (Heaney). Frankenstein: 1818 Text (Shelley). Interview with the Vampire (Rice). World War Z (Brooks). Lovecraft Country (Ruff). The Only Good Indian (Jones). Annihilation (VanderMeer).