E242 – Literature and Culture II (Fall 2014)

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Course Description: “Inventing the Human”

According to historian Michel Foucault, “man” was invented at the turn of the nineteenth century. This course will explore the cultural, artistic, and political dimensions of this seemingly outrageous claim as it pertains to the study of literature. Of particular interest to this exploration will be the relations literature describes, and in describing often shapes, between humans and non-humans, humans and nature, and, of course, humans and “other” humans. How are humans socially constructed? How do we account for our humanity and that of others? How does literature help us understand ourselves and our “others”? Can it show us how to reinvent ourselves? Readings will include works of literature written over the last two centuries that celebrate, qualify, critique and otherwise trouble the nature of what we call “humanity.” This course develops skills of critical reading and writing that are essential to majors and non-majors alike.

Main Lectures with Professor Mario Ortiz-Robles:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:oo – 12:50 p.m. in Sewell Social Sciences 5206

Discussion Sections 302 and 303:

302: Friday from 9:55 – 10:45 a.m. in Room 2631 of the Mosse Humanities Building

303: Friday from 11:00 – 11:50 a.m. in Room 2261 of the Mosse Humanities Building


Main Course Texts:

Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth and Coleridge (Oxford)

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (Norton)

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (Norton)

Daisy Miller, Henry James (Penguin)

Song of Myself, Walt Whitman (Counterpoint)

Jekyll and Hyde, RL Stevenson (Vintage)

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (Oxford)

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce (Oxford)

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner (Vintage)

The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon, (Harper Perennial)

Annie John, Jamaica Kinkaid (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

Disgrace, JM Coetzee (Penguin)

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