English 177

Literature and Philosophy

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2019 Zhang, Dora
MWF 1-2 note new location: 102 Moffitt


This class will be organized around two questions that have been of perennial concern to literary writers and philosophers: who are we? How should we live? We’ll read a wide range of texts that respond to these questions in different ways, addressing issues such as: the nature of the self, social constructions of identity, good and evil, faith and uncertainty, individualism and collectivity, power and knowledge, and our responsibility towards others (including non-human ones). Along the way we will also think about the intersections between philosophy and literature, the unique constraints and possibilities of each genre, and what it means to read them together.

Authors may include: Descartes, Locke, Hume, Mill, Nietzsche, Du Bois, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Foucault, Kafka, Woolf, Proust, LeGuin, Octavia Butler, Coetzee, Ishiguro.

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