359:210 Introduction to Literary Theory: Thinking as a Way of Life

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Thinking as a Way of Life
We always hear that books are supposed to change our lives, but nowadays it is hard to know whether we should welcome big changes or avoid them. In this class, we'll read a selection of books that deliberately set out to change you. Some of them offer therapeutic advice; others try to smash illusions; others try to model a different way of thinking about the world. Our reading list will span from ancient texts to contemporary ones, including Plato, Epicurus, Montaigne, Wolstonecraft, Nietzsche, Woolf, and various contemporary authors. Students should expect to read carefully, write often, and think a lot. There will be weekly blog assignments and two essays. Note: This course will satisfy the Theory requirement for the English major, as well as the "Philosophical and Theoretical Issues" [AHo] requirement in the Core Curriculum.