E 322 • Pathology and Powers of Narrative
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course will treat of various forms of human experience in terms of their contribution to the pathological alteration of life. I use "pathological" to refer to forms of violence, excess or disorder arising from love, war, crime, madness and disease. We shall study such phenomena in the form of narrative essays in the exposure, evaluation and control of human pathology. The phenomena in question will be considered in terms of their subversion or antagonism of authority--family, law, church, state--and of their stimulus to those forms of intellectual order established in fiction and autobiography. This course will be taught in English.
Three 1500-word papers 25% each
Class participation 25%
Students may if they prefer do one long paper of 4500 words; if they choose to do this, they will submit two written progress reports at appropriate moments in the semester.
FINAL EXAM: No
Tristan and Iseut (Bedier Edition)
Jean Racine, Phedre
Charles Perrault, "Sleeping Beauty", "Blue Beard", "Tom Thumb", "Donkey Skin"
Scenes from the Terror
Barbey d'Aurevilly, Bewitched
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
Guy de Maupassant, "The Horla"
Blaise Cendrars, Lice
Marguerite Duras, The War
Diderot, The Nun
Marquis de Sade, Eugénie de Franval