ENGL S-141 The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self
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.
Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Emerson Hall 106
Start dateMonday, June 19
Leo Damrosch, PhD.
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University
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