ENGL S-141 The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self

7-week session | CRN 32780

This course is a study of major eighteenth-century autobiographical, fictional, and philosophical texts that explore the paradoxes of the modern self at a time when traditional religious and philosophical explanations were breaking down. Writers to be read include Mme. de Lafayette, Boswell, Voltaire, Gibbon, Diderot, Rousseau, Laclos, Franklin, and Blake. Due to the condensed summer schedule, the longer works, such as Rousseau's Confessions and Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, are read in abridged form.

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Class meetings

On campus
Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Emerson Hall 106

Start date

Monday, June 19


4 credits

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  • Faculty

    Leo Damrosch, PhD.

    Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University

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