European Literature and Philosophy
This information is for the 2022/23 session.
Dr Olga Sobolev PEL 6.01a and Dr Angus Wrenn PEL 6.01a
This course is available on the BSc in Philosophy and Economics, BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Students can take this course in any year of their studies.
Although an A-level pass or equivalent in Literature is useful, it is not an absolute requirement (especially for General Course students).
(a) Literary treatment of the major philosophical trends of the twentieth century, including the aesthetics of Bergson and Nietzsche, the analytical school of Russell; political philosophy of Isaiah Berlin, the existentialism of Heidegger and Sartre, the paradox of the absurd of Camus, French and East European Phenomenology; Wittgenstein and philosophy of language (b) Related trips to galleries and theatre productions during the year; (c) Use of archive recordings of authors, and video; (d) Students encouraged to draw upon background in their main discipline, and to read widely.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Structured activities during the reading week in the MT and LT. Revision workshops and tutorals in the ST.
This course has reading weeks in week 6 of Michaelmas and Lent terms.
Two essays per year; topically based research presentations.
Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment & The Parable of the Grand Inquisitor; Kafka Metamorphosis & The Trial; Nabokov Lolita, Speak Memory & Strong Opinions, Celan Todesfuge and other poems; St-Exupery The Little Prince; Solzhenitzyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Camus L'Etranger & The Myth of Sisyphus; Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Stoppard Dogg's Hamlet Cahoot's Macbeth
Exam (70%, duration: 3 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (30%, 2500 words) in the LT.
Student performance results
(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)
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Department: Language Centre
Total students 2021/22: 22
Average class size 2021/22: 12
Capped 2021/22: Yes (24)
Value: One Unit
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