20th-Century Intellectual History|
Spring 2009 not offered
This is a course in the reading and analysis of literary and philosophical texts central to the understanding of 20th-century intellectual and cultural experience. We will focus on several key thinkers and their relationship to the milieu in which they lived as well as the migration of their ideas across national borders. We will also explore the ramifications of those ideas over time and space (for example, the relation between intellectual production and European decolonization). The goal of this course is thus to explore the cultural production of specific individuals and to demonstrate how the ideas produced by those individuals in science, literature, religion, art, philosophy, political theory, drama, or poetry interact with social realities over time.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Authors to be read may include (but will not be limited to): Adorno, Bergson, Benjamin, Cixous, de Beauvoir, Derrida, Foucault, Habermas, Husserl, Heidegger, Irigary, Kafka, Kundera, Kristeva, Marcuse, Merleau-Ponty, Rorty, Sartre,
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1. Class Participation and Attendance: 15%
Students must attend regularly to complete the mid-term and final paper. Lectures and class discussions will treat a variety of subjects absent from course readings.
2. Midterm Examination: 25% X 2 = 50%
There will be two take-home midterm examinations. In this exam, students will be asked to write an analytical essay on one of several broad thematic topics pertaining to the course material. Students may also be asked to provide short descriptions of important persons, events or concepts.
3. Final Paper: 35%
There will be one short research paper (7-10) pages in length) due on Friday, April 18 by noon. See "Paper Topics" handout.
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