English | Special Topics in Literary Study & Theory
L680 | Unknown | Kenshur

L680/C529/C701   KENSHUR (#3)
Special Topics in Literary Study and Theory

11:15a  12:30p TR


The course will focus on concepts of the self in the seventeenth and
eighteenth centuries. Since concepts of self are necessarily
intertwined with ideas about the relationship between the individual
and intellectual authority, between the individual and the social
order, and between the individual and God, the course will
inevitably touch on psychology, epistemology, ethics, political
theory, and religious thought. Since our texts will include works
from a variety of literary and philosophical genres, and since a
knowledge of earlier developments will be necessary for an
understanding of why explorations of the nature of the self form a
central concern throughout the eighteenth century, the course will
be amount to a high-level introduction to early-modern literature
and thought. It will also provide an indispensable background for
those interested in nineteenth and twentieth-century debates about

There will be a short paper due mid-semester, and a long paper due
at the end of the semester.
A tentative list of authors to be discussed includes the following:
Descartes, Pascal, Locke, Defoe, Shaftesbury, Pope, Joseph
Butler,Voltaire, Hume, Sterne, Rousseau, Diderot, and Goethe.