LHSP 125 - College Writing
Section: 005
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Hall Scholars Program credits may be counted toward a degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Even Worse Than Shakespeare

Norman Mailer writes of once having heard or read—he can no longer remember where—this story of Chekhov being summoned to Tolstoy’s country estate. There the great lion of Russian literature praised the younger author’s stories, but lambasted his plays as being “even worse than Shakespeare.” In Mailer’s recounting, Chekhov, once outside, explains his thoughts as follows: “I drove to the train station over snow-covered roads. I whipped the horses. I beseeched them to go faster. Faster! And to the full moon I cried aloud: ‘I am even worse than Shakespeare!’”

Tolstoy objected to what he felt was Shakespeare’s reliance on the unnatural (i.e. characters don’t speak the way people speak, implausible settings, etc.), which meant that Shakespeare could not “produce on the reader that illusion which constitutes the chief condition of art.” In this course we’ll examine the above-mentioned writers with an eye to grappling with their prose and philosophies, especially with regards to love and art. Our material, which will also include Plato and Anatole Broyard as well as an Eric Rohmer film, will serve as the grist for your own thinking and writing. Over the term, you will write four revised essays (plus two shorter ones) ranging from literary analysis to an adaptation.

LHSP 125 - College Writing
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13236
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MW 10:30AM - 12:00PM
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13237
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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13238
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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13239
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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13240
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MW 5:00PM - 6:30PM
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30317
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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