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Great Books Unbound: How to Live Forever (FYS)
COL 150F
Fall 2018
Section: 01   02   03  

How do classic works in literature manage to break the bounds of humanity and live forever? This multidisciplinary humanities course explores in-depth four compelling works, which each run up against the very limits of being human through their explorations of love, reason, fame, and evil itself. Interwoven weekly lectures by three professors from different disciplines will bring out complementary and/or conflicting dimensions of meaning. These dynamic interpretative tensions flow into the twice-weekly small discussion seminars and periodic writing workshops to bring students' critical reading to the next level.

We will ground our ambitious inquiry into the immortal and the infinite in three texts representative of the College of Letters' three core methodologies: history (the ALEXANDER ROMANCE), philosophy (Descartes' MEDITATIONS), and literary studies (Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET). Then, with our heightened skills in critical reading, analytical interpretation, and persuasive writing, we will conclude by developing our own interdisciplinary approach to Boito's MEFISTOFELE (an opera based on Goethe's FAUST). The course will travel to the Metropolitan Opera in New York to experience the opera live.

This course is not a prerequisite but is strongly recommended for students considering the College of Letters major; it can also serve as a gateway course to any of the core humanities disciplines.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on APR-18-2024
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