ENGL 246
The Love of Literature
Last Offered Spring 2020
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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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: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3739
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers of increasing length and complexity, totaling 20 pages of finished writing
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 Preferences: those interested in majoring in English
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
WS Notes: The seminar includes extensive discussion of writing strategies throughout, frequent writing assignments, and substantive, writing-strategies focused feedback on writing assignments.
DPE Notes: The course materials and discussion emphasizes questions of gender, sexuality, and race.
Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories B

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