Studies in Literature and the Mind: The Meaning of Life

Course Number: ENGL 170MT
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 170AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2017
Instructor: Young, Kay
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Location: SH 1415
Description:

What does it mean to be a human being and to be alive? This is the fundamental question of literature and of our lives. This question and new attempts to answer it come to full consciousness in the late 19th - and 20th centuries in modern thought and literature. In this course we'll move from the philosophic narratives of Nietzsche, Marx, Darwin, and Freud, to the aesthetic narratives of Charlie Chaplin, Dostoevsky,

Woolf, Morrison, and Kundera to consider how they pose the question of life's meaning and how they suggest responses as narrative to help us in pursuit of our own search for meaning. This is a course for those who like to read and think (a lot) about the nature of being.