Syllabus - V55.0400. CONVERSATIONS OF THE WEST: TOPICS...

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V55.0400. CONVERSATIONS OF THE WEST: TOPICS – LITERATURE AND MUSIC. Fall 2007. Tues. and Thurs. 12:30 – 1:45. 19 University Place, Rm. 102. Prof. John Hamilton john.hamilton@nyu.edu The course spans over two thousand years of varying interpretations, settings, and appropriations of the Orpheus myth. The power of music and the fatality of passion, the expropriating effects of language and the regenerating promise of poetry, individual uniqueness and the conditions of knowledge, are but a few of the themes addressed and elaborated within the myth’s threefold configuration of harmony, descent, and dismemberment. In addition to investigating the rich literary tradition, the course also turns to significant versions in opera, film, and the visual arts. Emphasis will be placed throughout on close reading, with attention to the philosophical, aesthetic and theoretical ramifications. Requirements for the course include three short-response papers, one midterm, and one final exam. Attendance in lecture and participation in section are also required. The short-response papers will address
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