Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Description
Instructor
Ozsvath, Zsuzsanna
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6370 Section 501
Day
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Novel of Ideas

Description of Course:

Throughout the course of literary history, novels have been considered not only as aesthetic creations but also as embodiments of philosophical concepts and ideas. In this course, we will read and closely examine a selection of novels and novellas, considering them as works offering both solutions to the human problems they capture and propositions of integrating aesthetic, intellectual, and moral values.

Required Texts:

J. Austen, Emma
A. Camus, The Plague
F. Dostoevski , Crime and Punishment
A. Fournier, The Wanderer
G. Grass, Cat and Mouse
H. von Kleist, "The Marquise of O." and "Michael Kolhaas," in The Marquise of O.
Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus
Also texts by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Pomper, and Kundera

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Grades will be based on regular class attendance, participation in class discussion, two short reports, and one research paper (12-15 pages), which could be suitable for one of the portfolio essays.

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