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Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).
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Prerequisites & Distribution: Advanced undergraduate standing. (1-4). (HU). May be repeated for credit.
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Problem: "Decreation" is a word used by the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil to refer to "the undoing of the creature in us." What is the creature? and Why undo it? are legitimate questions to ask. We might also ask, What is left after the creature is undone?
This is a course that will study how certain extraordinary women love, hate, fear, long for, go after, revel in and tell about God. All of the women are writers. We will consider how writing is both means and obstacle to women in their pursuit of godly goals. In order to undo the creature in her, does a person have to undo her own writing? How does a writer of God manage the contradiction that arises between her means and her end?
Readings will be selected from the works of the writers listed above.
Grading is based on class participation; frequent (small) presentations; 2 (big) papers or alternately 1 paper and 1 creative project.
This course is open to undergraduate and/or graduate students with especial welcome to those who can read some of the texts in the original languages (Greek, Latin, French) because that always helps. Also welcome are writers and other artists because the subject matter may prove unexpectedly inspiring.
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