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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 Octavia Butler.


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

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

Henry David Thoreau, Walden (paperback, Norton Critical Edition)

Stanley Cavell, The Senses of Walden (paperback, University of Chicago Press)

Jonathan Lear, Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation (paperback, Harvard University Press)

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