Character, Person, Representation|
This course will examine representations of the individual from ancient Greece to contemporary literature, with a primary focus on 19th- and early-20th-century fiction. We will explore recurring themes and problems inherent in literary characterization: the representation of consciousness, solitude and the relation of self to society, the formation of identity, questions of heroism and anti-heroism, the political implications of representation, and the realism of fictional personhood. We will also study theories of character and self in selected writings by Aristotle, Freud, Forster, Barthes, Said, and others.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will be chosen from among the following:
Sophocles, OEDIPUS REX
Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY and "A Simple Heart"
Dostoevsky, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND
Joyce, A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN
Woolf, MRS DALLOWAY
Freud, DORA and THE EGO AND THE ID
Naipaul, THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL
Ishiguro, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will be asked to write one short midterm paper and one longer essay at the end of the semester. Each student will also give an in-class presentation centered on a particular week's reading. Participation in discussion is a major part of the course. There are no exams in this seminar.
|Instructor(s): Matz,Aaron Times: ...W... 07:00PM-09:50PM; Location: BTFDC314; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 6||FR: X|
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