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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2009

F C 349 • PATHOLOGY AND POWERS OF NARRATIVE - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37175 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 306
AYNESWORTH

Course Description

CONTAINS A SUBSTANTIAL WRITING COMPONENT AND FULFILLS PART OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IN WRITING. This course will be taught in English.

This course deals with 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, hate, war, crime, terrorism, torture, poverty, madness and physical disease. The phenomena in question will be studied in terms of their subversion or antogonism of authority and their stimulus to forms of intellectual order narratively expressed in fiction and autobiography. The program of work for the course includes three 1500-word papers, each worth 25% of the course grade. Class particupation, which means oral discussion of the readings, is worth 25% of your grade. Students may if they prefer do one paper of 4500 words worth 75% of the course grade. If you choose to do this, you will submit two written progress reports due at appropriate moments in the semester. Needless to say, progress entails a process of revision. You may do research papers on topics relevant to the themes of the course. You may also write an autobiographical account of an experience relevant to the subject matter that we study. In doing such a paper, it is helpful to relate your own experience to a fictional or an autobiographical account of another such experience. It is helpful, in other words, to have more than one point of view on the subject.

Grading Policy

Three (3) 1500-word papers, each worth 25% of the course grade.

Class particupation, which means oral discussion of the readings, is worth 25% of your grade.

Students may if they prefer do one paper of 4500 words worth 75% of the course grade. If you choose to do this, you will submit two written progress reports due at appropriate moments in the semester.

Texts

Readings -
-- Tristan and Iseult
-- Jean Racine: Phaedra

-- Charles Perrault; "Sleeping Beauty", "Blue Beard", "Tom Thumb"
-- Aldous Huxley: The Devils of Loudun (extracts)
-- The Philosopher and the Demon: Three Cartesian Meditations
-- D.A.F. de Sade: "Eugénie de Franval"
-- Scenes from theTerror
-- Alexis de Tocqueville: Recollections (extracts)
-- Guy de Maupassant: "Fear", "The Horla" (two versions)
-- Felix Youssoupoff: The Murder of Rasputin and its sequels
-- Blaise Cendrars: Lice (extracts)
-- Marguerite Duras: The War (extracts)
-- Henri Alleg: The Question

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