Comparative Literature | Existentialism & the Literature of the Absurd
C347 | 1224 | Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston
Second Eight Weeks Only
TR BH 321
W KH 200
carries COAS cultural studies and A & H credit
This course will study existentialism not as a Philosophy but as a "
timeless sensibility" (Kaufmann) preoccupied with questions that arise
from the human condition, such as suffering, death, dread, despair,
guilt and responsibility. This existentialist sensibility is present
in the works of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre and others, as well as
in the fiction of Dostoevsky, Kafka, Camus, Unamuno, and much of what
is generally known as the "theatre of the absurd," including Jarry,
Beckett and Ionesco. There will be two in-class quizzes and two take
-home essay exams.