HONR 4942 Mirror of the West (Spring: 3 )
This course combines readings in literatue and philosophy to explore the Other in the modern Western Cultural Tradition. Using Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe as a starting point, we will read a variety of reflections on Crusoe and on the Other: J.M. Coetzee's Foe and Michel Tournier's Friday, a selection of Flannery O'Connor's work and essays by the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. The second half will take us to Dostoevsky: Notes from Underground, The Double, andThe Possessed; and reflection on Dostoevsky: Camus's the Rebel and Bakhtin's Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics. Students will complete a 20 page paper and do two class presentations.
Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13