Course Instructor Days Times Room
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.


No exams. Instead, students will write three essays.


Octavia Butler, Dawn (paperback, Aspect) - Xenogenesis, Book 1

Elaine Scarry, On Beauty and Being Just (paperback, University of Chicago Press)

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essential Writings (paperback, Modern Library)

Joseph Tanke and Colin McQuillan, ed., The Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetics (paperback, Bloomsbury/Continuum)

Mark Twain, Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays, Volume 2 (paperback, Library of America)

Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed (paperback, Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

Ursula Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (paperback, Ace Books)

Walt Whitman, Poetry and Prose (paperback, Library of America)

Herman Melville, Billy Budd (paperback, Broadview)