Senior Seminar: Words and Things
An exploration of the philosophy, theory, and intellectual history of literary/aesthetic representation. What is the relationship between creative ideas – even consciousness itself – and expressive language? Sounds and written symbols? Signifier and Signified? Words and Things? Probable theorists include Aristotle, Plato, Auerbach, Bacon, Sidney, Wittgenstein, Eco, Ong, Saussure, Foucault, Derrida, Latour, and a selection of rich literary works that are attentive to poetic and linguistic making as such. Students will be guided through substantive research papers.