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ENGL 4300 Solitude (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

What is the difference between solitude and loneliness? Does speech remediate the solitude of existence, or is solitude, on the contrary, the consequence of being the only animal who speaks? Topics might include: solitude in philosophy and psychoanalysis; skepticism and other minds; unrequited love in the English novel; masturbation and celibacy; solitude and speech; the solitude of childhood, of dreams, of religious ecstasy, of social protest, of aesthetic creation. Writers will include some of the following: Milton, Descartes, Rousseau, Thoreau, Austen, Dickens, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Freud, Djuna Barnes, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Foucault, Welty, Truman Capote, Leo Bersani, and Stanley Cavell.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin Ohi

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 29-Jan-15