PHIL 253: Philosophy and Literature

PHIL 253-014: Philosophy and Literature
(Fall 2021)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Innovation Hall 209

Section Information for Fall 2021

This section will examine the peculiar problems of text and authority presented by fictive literature.  Is it possible to say of a text that it is both fictional and true? What is the relation between the author of a text and the text itself? What is ‘écriture feminine’?  And most importantly: what can the study of language in literature tell us about language, truth and meaning in general?  

We will be reading works by a variety of thinkers and writers many of whom blur the line between literature and philosophy.  Representative authors: Barthes, Borges, Cixous, Freud, O’Brien, Lispector, Nietzsche and Plato.

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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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