Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In his memorable "Little Gidding," T.S. Eliot writes,
"Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove."
This graduate seminar is designed to make love less unfamiliar or, to put in Eliot's own terms: "to remove the intolerable shirt of flame."Throughout the semester we will be comparing what authors of different periods and different cultures have had to say about this most familiar, and yet, most elusive of all emotions. Foremost in our minds will be two questions: have perceptions and concepts concerning love evolved since the time of Dante? Has anything been added to our understanding of this emotion? Students will do close readings of great masterpieces from world literature written in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Goethe (The Sorrows of young Werther), Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Flaubert (Madame Bovary), Tolstoi (Anna Karenina), Proust (Swann’s Way), García Marquez (Love in the time of cholera), Philip Roth (Portnoy’s Complaint), Manuel Puig (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth), and Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood).
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
An oral presentation and two papers