The Art of Money
This section of C LIT 240 will focus on the literary representation of money. Money is often taken for granted, as just a part of everyday life. But when we examine short stories, novels, essays, and movies that contemplate money, it is revealed to be always caught in the impossibility of its own existence. While it is supposed to make day-to-day transactions easier, the abstract qualities of "cold, hard cash" tend to provoke financial crises and inflationary cycles. Money is both a thing in itself and a means of communication between individuals, and, as a means of communication, is subject to issues of truth and power. The readings for this course may include short stories, a short novel, essays, and films that discuss everything from gold and banking, to art auctions and drug law. Through these readings, in-class discussion, presentations and writing assignments, we will develop skills in rhetorical analysis, literary analysis, analytic and expository writing, and comparative literary studies. We might also learn a thing or two about money.