ENGL S-141. The Enlightenment Invention of the Modern Self

Instructor: Lee Damrosch, PhD
Day & Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-11:30am (EDT)
Summer 7-week session | CRN 35000
Limited to 35 students

This course is a study of major eighteenth-century autobiographical, fictional, and philosophical texts that explore the paradoxes of the modern self at a time when traditional religious and philosophical explanations were breaking down. Writers to be read include Mme. de Lafayette, Boswell, Voltaire, Gibbon, Diderot, Rousseau, Laclos, Franklin, and Blake. Due to the condensed summer schedule, the longer works, such as Rousseau's Confessions and Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, are read in abridged form.



This course meets via live web conference. Students must attend and participate at the scheduled meeting time.