This course will cover English texts and European texts in translation from 1848-1984.
What does it mean to be a human being and to be alive? This is the fundamental question of literature and of our lives. This question and new attempts to answer it come to full consciousness in the late 19th - and 20th centuries in modern thought and literature. In this course we'll move from the philosophic narratives of Nietzsche, Marx, Darwin, and Freud, to the aesthetic narratives of Charlie Chaplin, Dostoevsky, Woolf, Morrison, and Kundera to consider how they pose the question of life's meaning and how they suggest responses as narrative to help us in pursuit of our own search for meaning. This is a course for those who like to read and think (a lot) about the nature of being.
We will view Philippe Petit's film Man on Wire.
Once this course is full/closed, you can sign up to the wait list at:
Students on the wait-list must attend the first day of lecture/section to enroll in the course. For more information see the English Department Crash Policy.