Why read? Why live? What does one have to with the other? Some people live to read, others read to escape life, maybe still others live to escape reading. But what does reading to live look like? In this course, we will explore and experiment with reading as a life enhancing practice. As such, the course aims to contribute to the Fall 2010 LSA Theme Semester "What makes life worth living?" by investigating the role that reading might play in responding to that question and in making life worth living. In the process, we will explore but surely not exhaust such questions as:
What do we mean by meaning?
- What is close reading and what is it good for?
- What is the importance, if any, of affects such as joy and sadness in reading?
- What do we mean, when we are reading, by knowledge, information, uncertainty?
- In what sense of the verb "to live" can we speak of reading to live?
Authors we'll read may include: William Carlos Williams, Carson McCullers, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jorge Luis Borges, John Keats, Julio Cortázar and others.
Regular short informal reflections, and two short papers and very active in class participation will be expected.