Courses: Innovation, Rebellion and Dissent (WRPRH148B01)

Spring 2010

What motivates people to rebel? This course examines the notions of originality and dissent from both a social and an aesthetic perspective. Our readings and analyses during the semester will demonstrate that there is no clear-cut separation between these two spheres and that artistic and social idiosyncrasy are mutually constitutive elements. Readings include: Herman Melville, "Bartleby, the Scrivener"; Jorge Luis Borges, "Tl'n, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"; Philip Roth, "The Conversion of the Jews," "Eli the Fanatic"; J.D. Salinger, "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," "Teddy"; Ken Kesey, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; "Pulp Fiction", Dir. Quentin Tarantino; "Adaptation", Dir. Spike Jonze; Italo Calvino, "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler".

Prerequisites: Open only to first-year students as assigned by the Director of College Writing.

Fulfills: HU FW Limit:15


Haverford, Gest 103

Meeting Times

WF 2:30-4:00