ENGLISH 627 - Critical Theories and Cross-Cultural Literature
Section: 001 Aesthetic Theory: The Critical Tradition
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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The course offers an introduction to the major ideas and figures in the history of aesthetics from the early 18th Century to the contemporary period. Questions involving the value of beauty and sublimity and their relation, if any, to moral or political values represent a common point of departure for this tradition, and we shall follow the evolution of various discussions and debates on the subject over the past three centuries. Beginning with selections from Shaftesbury, Addison, and Hume, we shall move on to Kant’s seminal contribution along with Schiller’s influential adaptation, The Aesthetic Education of Man. Subsequent figures to be considered include Shopenhauer, Nietzsche, Adorno, and Ranciere. The student should expect to emerge from the semester with a reasonably solid grounding in the basic issues engaged by aesthetic theory. Written assignments consist of a brief (1 to 2 page) explication due each week together with a longer essay at the end of the term.

ENGLISH 627 - Critical Theories and Cross-Cultural Literature
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001 (SEM)
002 (SEM)
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