PHIL 252

Philosophy and Literature

This course studies literature as a philosophically interesting medium and as a vehicle for philosophical exploration. Themes of the course may vary, but some typical questions addressed are: What is and is not literature? What is the ontological status of literature, and how does literature relate to the world? How does literature relate to time, history, and memory? What kinds of literature are there? What is the relation between fiction and nonfiction? Does the author exist? What is the relation between intention and interpretation? Why and how does literature move us emotionally? What counts as good or beautiful literature? How does literature relate to other aesthetic forms (such as film)?