NARRATIVE AND MORAL CRISIS

ENGLISH 319S

It is often said that literature encourages ethical reflection, and even that it somehow fortifies our disposition to behave in ethical ways. This class will consider a different possibility, that literature, or narrative more generally, often represents or provokes circumstances of extreme moral uncertainty. Such uncertainty, sometimes focused in a moment of decision and sometimes arising from a clash of perspectives, can gather around characters, narrators, authors, and even readers. We will be focusing on a few works of literary and cinematic art, ranging from the Book of Genesis to Ian McEwan s Atonement, in which moral issues emerge with particular urgency and complexity. Instructor: Harpham

Day / Time: 

Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Location: 

West Duke 08C

Instructor: 

Harpham, Geoffrey

Section: 

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