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Literary Satans


In the first chapter of Job, God asks Satan, "Whence comest thou?"  And Satan responds, "From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."  This course follows Satan's travels through texts such as Job, the Gospels, Dante's Inferno, Milton's Paradise Lost, Goethe's Faust, short fiction by Hawthorne and Poe, Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, films The Exorcist and The Witch, TV shows Supernatural, Fargo, and Lucifer.  Faculty from several departments will visit ENG 333 to help contextualize these varied Satans and the cultures that produced them.

Before there were humans or texts composed by humans, according to Abrahamic traditions, Satan was the first being to plot his own path, the first to want something new and different.  In that sense, Satan is the driving energy of innovative courses.  ENG 333 accordingly satisfies the Innovation requirement of the English major.  The course is innovative in scope and in its assignments.  It requires not only students' participation but also their leadership in class meetings; five brief projects in response to the course's texts and topics; and an oral presentation on a representation of Satan omitted from the current syllabus.  The course culminates in a collaborative digital mapping project, through which students will document some important appearances of Satan across millennia and across the globe where he has walked up and down.

Fulfills the Innovation requirement of the English major.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.