21L.024 Literature and Existentialism


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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 be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is 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.

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