Truth and the Poet: Lyric Subjectivity from Dante to Dylan|
Fall 2017 not offered
Who is the poet? What is subjectivity? How do lyric works reify their own claims to truth? What is the role of the poet in society? This course examines the poet in relation to the history of subjectivity. We will explore how poetry--specifically lyric poetry--instantiates and validates subjectivity without deffering to empirical or objective truth claims. We will consider whether the history of the lyric can be read as a series of observations in phenomenology that answer directly to the theological turn in contemporary thought, and we will discuss the ways in which lyric subjectivity in particular challenges the boundary of human experience, logical argument, and empirical knowledge.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CWRC)
Selected Poems: Dante, Petrarch, Garcilaso, Du Bellay, Sidney, Quevedo, Goethe, Holderlin, Buadelaire, Rimbaud, Becquer, Rilke, Mistral, Stevens, Plath, Dylan. Lyrical Prose Selections: Proust and Woolf Philosophical Prose Selections: Plato, Aristotle, Ficino, Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl, Hiedegger, Levinas, Deleuze
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1-5 page selections of lyric verse will be supplemented by 20-50 pages of lyrical or philosophical prose each week. Students will have the option to complete three major written assignments in a creative or in an analytic format.
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