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PHIL 7742 Narrative and Interpretation (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will explore the philosophical implications of narrative imagination and identity. It begins with Aristotle's analysis of mythos-mimesis in the Poetics and then focuses on a detailed discussion of Paul Ricoeur's Time and Narrative (vol. 1 and 3). Attention will be given to the interpretation of the principal genres of narrative: myth, chronicle, fable, history and fiction. We will discuss the critical implications of a hermeneutics of narrative for the interweaving of story and history, including the case histories of psychoanalysis; testimonial literature of holocaust and genocide; personal and political narratives of identity; and an ethics of oneself as another.


Instructor(s): Richard M. Kearney

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 28-Sep-15