ENGL 246
The Love of Literature Spring 2019 Division I; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;

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If love “makes the world go ’round,” then literature, love’s chronicler, may contain the key for understanding this world-formative passion. In this seminar, we will explore representations of love in works of poetry, drama, prose fiction, and philosophy from antiquity to the present. From the philosophical love extolled in Plato’s dramatic dialogue The Symposium to the Christian love of Paul’s epistles; the Romantic love of Goethe’s Elective Affinities to the modern love of Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and beyond, we will see how love, like literature, at once reflects and produces historically significant changes in the ways that human beings relate to one another, to themselves, and to the world in which they live. In addition to the authors already mentioned, readings may include literary works by Virgil, Mary Shelley, Wordsworth, Baldwin, and theoretical works by Freud, Foucault, and Luhmann.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3647
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers of 4, 6, and 10 pages
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: those interested in majoring in English
Distributions: Division I; Writing-Intensive; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses; ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses; ENGL Literary Histories B;

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