FYS-159 A Day in the Life: 24 Hours in Literature and Film

Instructor: Associate Professor Christopher D'Addario
Department: English

Course Description:
From the hit show 24 to coming of age comedies such as Superbad , we remain fascinated with how much or how little can happen to us in one day. This course studies exclusively literature and film that cover events that take place over 24 hours. We examine how literature represents the close passage of moments as well as the profound transformations and stasis that might occur in one day. How do authors and filmmakers choose to represent the details of everyday existence? What gets close attention? Perhaps more importantly, what gets left out? What are the psychological and ethical implications of such inclusions and omissions? Can one's life really change unalterably in one day?