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ENGL3440 MARRS, CODY MWF 1 :25 PM 0136


What is the relationship between literature and philosophy? In what ways is writing an act of philosophizing, and vice versa? This course addresses these questions in two ways: first, by exploring accounts of literature’s philosophical resonances from ancient Greece to today; and, second, by examining literature that explicitly tests out beliefs, concepts, and ideas. Across the semester, we will therefore read a wide range of poets, novelists, and philosophers, from Plato to Mark Twain and beyond.


The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (Norton)

Mark Twain, "What is Man?"

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essential Writings (Modern Library)

Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms (Penguin)

Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just (Chicago)

Buddhist Scriptures (Penguin)