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ENGLISH 283: The Sublime and the Ugly

Why is it that the aesthetic pleasures resulting from artistic representation so often depart from the "pure" ideal of beauty? Is tainted beauty more, or less, than beautiful? Is there any such thing as a "pure" aesthetic category, after all, or is all experience in relation to the arts hybrid? Pain may enhance pleasure in the case of the sublime, but where does disgust fit in? or does it? And what about ugliness? Campiness? Grotesqueness? The uncanny? This course is designed to put literary, psychoanalytic, sociological, architectural, post structural, and queer theory as well as philosophical and art historical writings in conversation with poetry, narrative fiction, creative nonfiction, and film, in order to develop a critical skill set designed not only to address such questions but, more critically for an active mind, to posit new ones.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Gigante, D. (PI)

ENGLISH 283E: Self-Impersonation: Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Memoirists, autobiographers and novelists are commonly advised or advise others to 'write what you know.' But how do you know what you know? And what, when it comes down to it, are 'you' once you are put on the page, a human document? This course will examine the intersecting genres of fiction, autobiography, and memoir. Topics will include the literary construction of selfhood and its constituent categories; the role of language in the development of the self; the relational nature of the self (vis-à-vis the family, "society," God); the cultural status of "individuality"; conceptions of childhood; race, sexuality and selfhood; and the role of individual testimony in our understanding of family, religious and cultural identity.
Last offered: Winter 2023
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