LHSP 130 - Writing and the Arts I
Section: 003 The Shock of Recognition
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
CE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In "Prize Stock," Nobel Laureate Kenzaburō Ōee adapts the story of Huck Finn to a remote Japanese island, recasting Jim as a downed U.S. airman. "It seems unlikely," writes John Nathan, Ōe's translator, "that a Japanese schoolboy, Ōe, knowing only the tiny, manageable wilderness of the Japanese countryside could be much moved by Huckleberry's pilgrimage down the vast Mississippi: OE was ardently moved. It was Huck's moral courage, literally Hell-bent, that ignited his imagination."

What Ōe experienced by reading Mark Twain was an example of what Herman Melville, another of the authors we'll read, has referred to as the "shock of recognition": "For genius, all over the world, stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round." This idea of an authorial genius, however, is a relatively recent concept in the history of art, and, in this course devoted to imitation and adaptation, we will examine our notions of originality and inspiration. We shall do this both by rigorous study of literature, but also within our own literary efforts and experimentations.

Students will write four essays as well as smaller responses. Additionally, as a class, we will organize a LHSP-wide public reading showcasing our work for the term. Our wide-ranging readings will include samplings from the Bible, pop lyrics, Renaissance essayists, fairy tales, a Chilean novelist, a memoir of Greenwich Village after World War II, and a unit devoted to the American short story.

LHSP 130 - Writing and the Arts I
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
25824
Open
4
5LHSP
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MW 10:30AM - 12:00PM
002 (REC)
P
25825
Open
10
1LHSP
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MW 10:30AM - 12:00PM
003 (REC)
P
25826
Open
3
3LHSP
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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