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Values of Literature
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Your Goals for this Course
- Learn methods for measuring the value of literary works and seeing the intersection between appreciation, evaluation, and enjoyment
- Explore how characters and situations in literature help us answer important questions:
- How do we define what is good?
- In what ways do the standards of "good" shift and change?
- What sorts of conflict between values give rise to ethical crisis?
- For each work of literature we study, ask the following questions:
- What sorts of choices do characters or speakers make?
- What sorts of values do characters or speakers defend?
- What motivates them to make those choices or hold those beliefs?
- Where does their confidence come from?
- Examine the act of reading as an occasion for confronting difficult ethical questions, both in the content of the work and in the act of reading itself
- Explore the idea of "good" in the particular human behavior known as reading
- Contemplate the meaning of the following concept: responsible reading
- Become proficient in the vocabulary used to discuss stories and poems and the rhetorical situation that constitutes an experience of literary art
Unless otherwise noted, all reading assignments are due at the beginning of class on their deadline days. Films will be viewed during class time on the days indicated.
Check the calendar to know when we are reading each work. And don't forget that reading notes are due for every reading assignment.
- François-Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778), Candide (full text)
- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), "A Modest Proposal" (full text)
- William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), "Ulysses" (full text)
- Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), Notes from Underground (full text)
- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), The Death of Ivan Ilych (full text)
- Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), "The Lady with the Dog" (full text)
- James Joyce (1882-1941), "The Dead" (full text)
- Franz Kafka (1883-1924), "The Metamorphosis" (full text)
- T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)
- Albert Camus (1913-1960), The Stranger