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Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities: Literature, History and Their Entanglements in the Western Tradition

HUM 470/COM 470/HIS 287

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What is the exact relationship between literature and history? What does it mean to read literature historically and history as a work of art? The course explores these and related questions through texts from antiquity to the present. We will explore the claim that literature is both more and less than "what really happened"; literary works as an escape from, but also remedy for, historical predicaments; modes of interpretation that allow one to read a single text simultaneously both as historical and fictional; and instances when literature followed historical events or, inversely, served as their blueprint.
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Section S01

  • Type: Seminar
  • Section: S01
  • Status: C
  • Enrollment: 14
  • Capacity: 12
  • Class Number: 21506
  • Schedule: T 01:30 PM-04:20 PM