The Literature of Artistic Obsession (LIT2250.01)

Marguerite Feitlowitz

Creativity itself–elixir and torment, liberation and bondage, enchantment, exhilaration and irresistible adventure–has from time immemorial inspired great works of literature. Our readings will embrace a spectrum: protagonists caught in the throes of creative fixation; the artist who tries madly to impose himself, according to his own “impossible” terms, on society; the artist or art work that becomes a “grail” to an obsessed scholar, biographer or translator.

Among the authors we will read are Ovid, Balzac, Dostoevsky, James, Kafka, Bernhard, Ozick, Tsypkin, Coetzee.

Writing intensive, and writing will be evaluated.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 4
M 10:10am - 12:00pm; Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, Literature, 2000, Marguerite Feitlowitz.