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Spring 2012-2013
* ECS 321 / SPA 333 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Cultural Systems - Proust, Freud, Borges

Rubén Gallo

An overview of three of the most influential writers in the twentieth century. All three were fascinated by similar topics: dreams and memory; sexuality; Judaism. All three also lived during traumatic historical periods. Proust during WWI; Freud during WWII; and Borges during Peronismo. Seminar will explore how these varied historical contexts influenced three very different theories of writing. Other topics include the writers and their relation to modernism, politics, and religion.

Sample reading list:
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
Sigmund Freud, Three Essays in the Theory of Sexuality
Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Sodom and Gomorrah
J.L. Borges, Ficciones
J.L. Borges, Labyrinths
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two, five-page papers; one final research essay

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43097 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:22 Limit:25