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Ethics and Literature

ENGL 365
Fall 2023
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

P.B. Shelley's claim that "the great instrument of moral good is the imagination" lacks the twentieth-century pessimism of his inheritor, W.H. Auden, who wrote that "poetry makes nothing happen." Beginning from this disagreement about the influence of creative work on social and material relations, this course explores the ethical effects of aesthetic production. Drawing on a historically broad set of readings, from the Enlightenment and Romantic period through the twenty-first century, we will look at how writers and philosophers address the relationship between literature and moral transformation. These works help us examine Wittgenstein's assertion that "words are also deeds."
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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