21L.024 Literature and Existentialism


Class Info

Studies major literary works associated with the 19th- and 20-century philosophical movement known as existentialism. Through close reading of these works, students explore how existentialist writers grappled with the question of death; the nature of free will; emotions like boredom, disgust, and radical doubt; and the fate of the individual in a modernity marked by war, illogic, and absurdity. Includes novels, short stories, and aphorisms by Sartre, Camus, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Hesse, Chopin, and Nietzsche; plays by Beckett and Stoppard; and films by Bergman, Tarkovsky, and others. Enrollment limited.

This class has no prerequisites.

21L.024 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by E. Brinkema.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 56-169.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-H.

You can find more information at the Literature at MIT site or on the 21L.024 Stellar site.

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