Reading and Composition (R&C)

Enrollment Policies for R&C Courses


The pre-requisite to Comp Lit R1A is satisfaction of the  University Entry Level Writing Exam.  If you have not fulfilled this requirement, you will not be able to enroll in an R&C course.

The pre-requisite to Comp Lit R1B is completion of the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement. There are numerous ways to fulfill the requirement.  If are unsure if you have met the requirement please  check with your school or college.

Enrollment Restrictions

Due to the high demand for R&C courses we monitor attendance very carefully. Attendance is mandatory the first two weeks of classes, this includes all enrolled and wait listed students. If you do not attend all classes the first two weeks you may be dropped. If you are attempting to add into this class during weeks 1 and 2 and did not attend the first day, you will be expected to attend all class meetings thereafter and, if space permits, you may be enrolled from the wait list.

For the most up-to-date enrollment information, including class times and locations, please consult the Online Schedule of Classes.

(Course descriptions will be updated as available; please see the Online Schedule of courses for complete list)



250: Studies in Literary Theory (Combined with German 256)

Imagination, Fantasy, 'Einbildungskraft'

Tu 05:00-08:00 282 Dwinelle Instructor: Niklaus Largier

In this seminar we will discuss the significance of the notions and concepts of the imagination in philosophical and literary traditions. We will start with a discussion of basic texts by Plato and Aristotle; move on to the treatment of the imagination in classical rhetoric; and focus on four key areas where imagination, fantasy, and ‘Einbildungskraft’ play a significant role: the so-called mystical tradition up to Jacob Böhme; Baroque cultures of the imagination; poetic imagination in the 18th and 19th centuries; and 20th century philosophical approaches. The reading list will include texts by Plato, Aristotle, Quintilian, Ignatius of Loyola, Lohenstein, Böhme, Malebranche, Kant, Addison, Goethe, Moritz, Flaubert, Sartre, and Foucault.

Course Catalog Number: 41174