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HONR 4942 Mirror of the West (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

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

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17