Truth & the Poet: Lyric Subjectivity and Phenomenology|
Spring 2019 not offered
Who is the poet? What is subjectivity? How is the "Lyric I" located and articulated? How do lyrics reify their own claims to truth? Is there a role for the poet in society? What is the relationship between critique and creation? This course examines the poet in relation to various formulations of subjectivity in the history of phenomenology. We will explore how lyric subjectivity may speak truth without deferring to or differing from empirical and objective truth claims. We will consider whether the history of the lyric can be read as a series of observations that contribute to understandings of subjectivity, agency, and intersubjectivity before and after the theological turn in French phenomenology. Readings in lyric poetry will be paired with readings in phenomenology as a way of putting poetry and philosophy into conversation. Assignments will be both analytic and creative.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(CWRC)
Poets: Dickinson, Dante, Keats, Stevens, Rilke, Cohen, Vallejo, Sappho, CÚsaire, Plath, Rimbaud, Woolf.
Philosophers: Husserl, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Levinas, Arendt, Fink, Fanon, Stein, Deleuze, Sartre.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Each week one lyric author will be paired with one phenomenologist. Weekly read assignments will include roughly 1 book-length collection of poetry and 15-30 page selections of philosophy.
Students will complete 3 major written assignments. Each assignment will have an analytic and creative option.