Kim Townsend (Section 01)
An inquiry into the nature of friendship from historical, literary and philosophical perspectives. What are and what have been the relations between friendship and love, friendship and marriage, friendship and erotic life, friendship and age? How do men's and women's conceptions and experiences of friendship differ? Readings will be drawn from the following: The Epic of Gilgamesh; Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus; selections from the Bible and Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics; essays by Montaigne, Emerson and C.S. Lewis; Mill's On the Subjection of Women; Whitman's poetry; Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs; Morrison's Sula; Truffaut's Jules and Jim and Herzog's My Best Fiend. First semester. Professor Townsend.