SES245 - Stephen King's Fiction: Ideas of Good and Evil

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Subject Title
Stephen King's Fiction: Ideas of Good and Evil

Subject Description
This course offers students the opportunity to read and study Stephen King's fiction with the objective of examining his treatment of ideas of good and evil within contemporary society. The premise is that King pushes the reader to inquire into the notion of predictability in the ways we understand the forces of good and evil as elements in our daily lives. The unpredictable in the genre of horror will be examined, of course, but also within other genres dealing with issues of social justice, law and ethical principles, such as in The Green Mile, for example. Discussions on the art and practice of writing and the role of fiction in a media-obsessed society are secondary issues which will also be considered.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. engage in a thorough reading and appraisal of the text in question as a first necessity
2. assess a text critically by a combination of analysis based upon their own experiences and ideas, as well as by reference to acknowledged authorities
3. develop their own language skills by analyzing the process by which the texts under study succeed in conveying their ideas
4. write about selected aspects of the text under study, and in so doing exercise and develop their own skills in language and interpretation
5. identify the basic literary devices employed by the writers being studied, and to evaluate their effectiveness
6. relate the issues discussed to their everyday world, so that this process of learning will be part of a continuous stream of ideas to be explored on a lifetime basis

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