Comparative Literature | Images of the Self: East and West
C147 | 1169 | --
Yang Wang 10:10-11:00 MWF BH 146
*Carries Cultural Studies and AHLA Credit*
Through works of philosophy and literature, this course will explore and
compare different perspectives on the self between the East and the West.
We will analyze and discuss key issues and themes pertaining to the nature
of the self, its position in the universe, and its relationship with
Our philosophical materials will consist of brief selections from the
extant works of the Pre-Socratics, plato, Epicurus, Lao-tzu, Confucious,
among others, whereas our literary materials range from epitaphs, lyrics,
kunstprosa, to films and novels. Full-length texts to be used in this
class include: A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (ed.) By
Willis Barnstone, Tao-Te-Ching by Lao-Tzu, The Birth of Tragedy by
Friedrich W. Nietzsche, Siddhartha by Herman Hess, The Master of Go by
Kawabata Yasunari, and Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
Three papers (at least five pages each) and occasional oral presentations.