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CLS3420 - Literature and Phenomenology: De Sade, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Tolstoy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Millicent Vladiv-Glover


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


A study of four seminal authors whose works have transformed European aesthetics and European literature in a fundamental way: De Sade, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche and Tolstoy. The investigation (through the thought of Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty and psychoanalysis) into the phenomenological aesthetics of the set of authors will lead to a revision of the concept of literary 'realism'.


Seminar paper (1500 words): 25%
Essay (2000 words): 45%
Test (60 minutes): 30%
Third-year students will be expected to read more complex critical texts and to write a less descriptive and more self-reflective essay

Contact hours

2.5 hours (1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week