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Aesthetics and Politics: The Case of Poetry
COL 263
Spring 2008
Section: 01  

Poetry is dangerous, so much so that Plato famously expelled the poets from his Republic. At the heart of the threat, lies poetry's potential to undermine dominant cultural narratives. Is it possible? Looking at the specific case of poetry, we will consider the larger philosophical question of aesthetics and its relation to politics--the cultural, historical, and economic conditions which determine how we live our lives. This course moves between two great traditions--the analytic one, which focuses on categorization and methodology, and the continental one, which emphasizes history and mediation. Readings include Plato, Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Adorno, Benjamin, Lukács, Eagleton, Deleuze, Cixous, de Man, as well as recent Anglo-American philosophy. Poets include: Milton, Keats, Dickinson, Yeats, Pound, Hughes, Stevens, Auden, Bishop, and Merrill.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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