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COLT 101: Topics in Literary Criticism and Theory

This course will focus on a specific preoccupation of contemporary theory or on a particular theoretical movement. 

Prerequisite:  Comparative Literature 72.

Winter 2013:    Gomez  (2A)

Aesthetics: Modern Discourses on Art, Beauty and Sensual Experience

Is art possible in modernistic capitalist societies? In the discussion of the aesthetic experience, many thinkers have reflected on the relationship between freedom and modernization, and between autonomous creativity and an increasingly mechanical historical time. We will analyze the philosophical texts that have established the parameters of this discussion. We will also read literary pieces that narrate or fictionalize different aesthetic experiences. Authors include Adorno, Burke, Calvino, Goethe, Kant, Nietzsche, Ranciere, Vargas-Llosa, and Wilde.

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