From ancient times, law, justice, government, and responsibility have been major themes in many great works of literature. The primary emphasis of this seminar will be the consideration of a number of such works, with an eye toward both what such works can tell us about law, justice, and government and how elaboration of these themes can provide insight into the works as a whole. A particular theme in many of the works to be studied will be integrity and responsibility in public and private roles. In 2016, emphasis in the course will be on works of comedy, from Aristophanes to the near present. Together with tragedy and epic, comedy is one of the great genres of literature. Although we shall welcome the laughter and enjoyment comedy provides, we shall be taking comedy seriously. Students should enroll only if they are willing to study the works carefully (read them at least twice) and to be prepared to participate actively in the discussion every week. The grade for the course will be based on three moderate-length papers and on class participation.