PHIL 253: Philosophy and Literature

PHIL 253-DL1: Philosophy and Literature
(Spring 2023)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR


Section Information for Spring 2023

Throughout the course, students will hone their abilities to present valid logical arguments, improve their skills in writing philosophy papers, and improve their abilities to critically assess texts. Students will also have a great deal of fun reading some of the most exciting philosophical literature of the past two hundred years.

This course will provide students with a detailed elaboration of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of literature, with particular emphasis of existentialist, post structuralist, and Marxian approaches to Black novels of the twentieth century. The course is divided into two broad sections: 1) a cluster of readings designed to give students a detailed understanding of the philosophical issues associated with literary expression; 2) a series of group presentations on Suzette Mayr's novel The Sleeping Car Porter.

PHIL 253 DL1 is a synchronous distance education section.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Examines differences and relations between literary and philosophical texts. Examines texts from a given period in the history of literature and philosophy. Topics include the presence of common issues in literary and philosophical writings, the influence of philosophical ideas on the production of literary texts and literary theory, and the development in literary texts of issues that are possible objects of philosophical inquiry. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Literature
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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