Reading & Composition

Reading & Composition

Reading & Composition

Reading & Composition

Reading & Composition

Reading & Composition

If the function of language is to communicate, then one way to define literature might be: communication through language, done beautifully, powerfully, well. And yet so often, the language of some of the best literature is not beautiful, is not powerful, and is not “done well.” What are we to make of this? 

Reading & Composition

Etymologically, from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein ‘uncover, reveal’, from apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein
‘to cover,’ the apocalypse is the act of uncovering while also covering, for it is the end and is a revelation
at the moment of world ending that holds radical potential. What would we gain in thinking of disasters,
world ending events, and crisis-- in their lived banalities and extremities --as instances of apocalypse we
come to disavow and reframe? What happens to our conceptions of history and time, to the order of past,

Reading & Composition

In this R1B course we will explore fictional (and often fantastical) depictions of and engagements with real events of the past - that is, with history. Over the semester, we will examine and discuss films and literature which incorporate descriptions, references, personal recollections, and even richly imagined accounts of historical events or periods into the fictional(ized) stories they tell and worlds they construct.

Reading & Composition

“Fallor ergo sum.” (“I err, therefore I am.”)

            —St. Augustine, 5th century

 

“C’est plus qu’un crime, c’est une faute.” (“It’s more than a crime, it’s a mistake.”)

            — Antoine Boulay de la Meurthe, 1804

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