The long title is The Literary Imagination and the Idea the University, and the course will aim to study the university in twentieth century America, giving special attention to the way the experiencing of it is understood by the modern American literary imagination. Some attention will be paid to historical background in both Old World and New, but addressing materialin connection with the modern American university will be the main assignment.
A central reading core may include material from Newman, Whitehead, Veblen, and Clark Kerr, as well as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Penn Warren, Lionel Trilling and Don DeLillo. Individual research projects, student chosen, will be the principal product of the course.
Note: Undergraduate majors may enroll in this course.