Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2011 Course Descriptions
The issue standing as the focus of the course is the question of the aesthetic.  The concept of the aesthetic, that special quality attributed to art, has fallen into disuse in the debate over whether art is socially constructed or transcendent of the social and the historical.  The course will pursue an investigation of what constitutes the notion of the aesthetic both in high art (the hieratic) and in low art (the demotic), attempting to arrive at an intellectually defensible understanding of what is meant by the aesthetic.

 

 

Assignments and Written Work:

 

 

Two brief position papers and a longer paper dealing with American short stories from the 1930s published in popular venues.

 
Required Texts:

 

 
Bourdieu, Pierre.  The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field (Stanford University Press),  ISBN 0-8047-2627-2.

 

 

Flaubert, Gustave.  A Sentimental Education  (Oxford University Press), ISBN: 0192836226.

 

 

 

Scholarly Materials A collection of materials from McWherter Library and other sources will be placed on reserve.

 

 

 

 

TR
2:40 - 4:05 pm

James Newcomb
Patterson Hall 415
678-4522
jnewcomb@memphis.edu

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