Comparative Literature | Images of the Self: East & West
C147 | 1115 | Prof. Eoyang


Satisfies COAS Requirements for AHLA and Cultural Studies
An exploration of different perspectives on the "self", using both
philosophical as well as literary texts - from the "Eastern" tradition
and the "Western" tradition - this course focuses on three themes: (1)
the relationship of the individual to society; (2) the outcast as
hero; (3) the self as artist.  Plato (both his Republic and his Ion),
Mencius, Chuang-tzu (Zhuangzi), and Lao-tzu (Laozi) are among the
philosophers who will be compared.  The reading for the course is rich
and extensive: Reveries of the Solitary Walker, by Jean Jacques
Rousseau; The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; The Education of
Henry Adams; Frank Kafka's Amerika: Mishima Yukio's The Temple of the
Golden Pavilion; Chekhov's The Sea Gull; and Evelyn Waugh's Decline
and Fall. Required written work: three papers (minimum 6 pages); class
reports; and short (1-2 page) writing exercises. No examinations.