Ilan Stavans (Section 01)
(Also European Studies 33.) This panoramic,interdisciplinarycourse will explore the concept of love as it changesepoch to epoch and culture to culture. Poetry, novels, paintings, sculptures, movies, TV, and music will be featured. Starting with the Song of Songs, it will include discussions of Plato, Aristotle, Catullus, and other Greek classics,move on to Dante and Petrarch, contemplate Chinese, Arabic, African, and Mesoamerican literatures, devote a central unit to Shakespeare, continue withtheMetaphysical poets, and move on to American literature. Special attention will be paid to the difference between love, eroticism, and pornography. Multilingual students will beencouraged to delve into various linguistic traditions,in tongues like French, Russian, German, Yiddish, and Spanish.Conducted in English. Second semester. Professor Stavans.