monstor book“That neighbor kid is a bad influence on you!”

“Don’t put that book in the children’s library – it has adult themes”

“No you may not take your little sister to that movie! It’s rated R”

“Grand Theft Auto glorifies violence – keep your kids away from it!”

How do ¬†books, movies, video games, and other cultural products affect people’s ideas and their behaviors? What (and who) are perceived to be bad influences, and how have people tried to control the scope of this influence? In this class we will consider these questions and more as we write our way through influential works of poetry, prose, and drama.