In recent years, the study of literature - like the study of any of the other disciplines that make up the humanities (art, history, music, and philosophy) - has been the victim of libel. Decried as subjective, relative, and otherwise “soft”, the humanities are often dismissed as fields of study for the less rigorous intellectual. Nothing could be further from the truth. Study of the humanities requires the same discipline of thought required by study of the sciences: erroneous assumptions make for erroneous interpretations, and the results of such errors can be as devastating - if not more so - than errors made in the fields of, say, physics or medicine. The content of this course will serve to substantiate this argument, and the skills practiced in this course will often mirror those practiced in the sciences. With all of this in mind, I invite you to explore with me what it means to be human.