G-LSUD4 ENLIT459 The Subject in Fiction

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This course has a theoretical emphasis and examines ways in which the human subject has been constructed in Western culture since the Renaissance. At the centre of our analysis will be different historical notions of the self, the individual, the soul, the conscious and the unconscious, all in relation to changing concepts of representation (how the subject is constructed in literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourse). Special emphasis is on fiction from the postmodern period, with texts by (among others) Samuel Beckett, Roland Barthes and fiction writers of the last 10-20 years. These texts are read in terms of the way concepts of textuality have in recent years problematized the relation between fiction and autobiography, myth and history, the subject and the image. The approach will be predominantly post-structuralist and psychoanalytic. The course also aims to develop studentsskills in close textual analysis, with texts being read for the way their formal features (structure, word choice, tone, imagery, etc) elicit particular forms of emotional and intellectual response. Recommended reading: Is there a course textbook? S Is there a list of readings? S Assessment methods: Final exam and an optional essay of around 3,500 words (written under supervision, with minimum three compulsory meetings with the instructor).


Teaching hours: 3 | Credits: 3 | ECTS: 6

The course is not currently offerred.