UNDERWORLDS Underworlds are both real and metaphoric: subways and coalmines, Hades and Hell, criminal subcultures, political undergrounds, horror-movie basements and windowless office cubicles. Stories of these underworlds address the most profound questions of our lives: what happens after we die? Where do we come from? Where are we going? What are our responsibilities to our world, each other, ourselves? This class looks at works of art and literature from Russia, the US, and Europe, set in many different underworlds, which intersect with and shape our perceptions of the world around
us today. You will learn to recognize the mythic underworld and understand how it functions not only in art, but in your ownlife.
Underworlds - BOTH REAL AND METAPHORIC:
SUBWAYS,COALMINES,HADES AND HELL-
THESE UNDERWORLDS ADDRESS
PROFOUND QUESTIONS OF OUR LIVES:
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER WE DIE? WHERE DO
WE COME FROM?