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The Grumbling Hive: Ethics and British Literature, 1660--1800

ENGL 308
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 299
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

This course will explore the ethical imagination in the eighteenth century by looking at literary representations of social organization and encounters with the other alongside readings from moral and political philosophy. Both literary and philosophical discourses were deeply invested in normative claims about how men and women should live their lives, but they often developed radically divergent concepts of consent, virtue, the "State of Nature," natural sociability, and rational autonomy. We will explore these divergences by taking seriously the intersections and impasses that emerge when literature and philosophy are put into conversation. Discussion and assignments will address the ways in which different literary forms and traditions develop and critique "practical" philosophies, and how the "realisms" of literary and philosophical representations tell different stories about moral imperatives.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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