ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Fall 2013, Section 007 - The Literature of Friendship
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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For nearly two millennia, it was thought that to live a fully human life, one must have a friend. What that term "friend" might mean and what friendship might require shift over the centuries. That large tradition has, however, faltered over the last century. In this course we will study the major works which either image friendship or attempt to define and celebrate it. And we will discuss what might be the causes and effects of the decline of such works.

We will read works in historical sequence, beginning with passages from Homer, Sophocles, and the Bible, and continuing with full works by Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, Shakespeare, Mary Wollstonecraft, Tennyson, and Forster and (probably) Kushner.

Course Requirements:

Careful and intent reading, engaged discussion, two essays. One will deal with a work read for by all in this course: one will deal with a work chosen individually by a student not read by all in the course. There will be a final examination and an in-class report on the individual work undertaken, perhaps, in fact a collaborative report with a fellow student.


ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
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002 (SEM)
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM

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