Magic and Metamorphosis

First-Year Seminar Program 061

Usual Description

What is magic and how can it transform the world? This course explores the fascination with magic as supernatural power, superstition, and carnivalesque playfulness and Romantic imagination in Russia and the West. We will discuss novels, poems, fairy tales, and art populated wth divinities and magic creatures that explain the nature of the world or present political allegories. By encountering captivating metamorphoses in Ovid, Shakespeare, Baudelaire, Kafka, Gogol, Bulgakov, and Süskind, we will inquire into notions of identity, corporeality, power, censorship, and resistance.

Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
First-Year Seminar Program 061
First-Year Seminar Program 061 Taught by Polina Dimova