Much of the literature of the early modern period can be read as an attempt to give meaning to human activities whose reference points were no longer fixed in a stable system of deference and authority, to transform the villains and vagabonds who first appeared along the highways and in the rapidly expanding cities of 15th and 16th century Europe into prototypes of humanity itself. With the collapse of the old imagery of "hierarchy" and "harmony" these new "individuals," cut loose from their social moorings, set adrift from their rural estates, without a master or secure social place, needed new symbols and images to orient them in the world. How is a person to act in a world without definite limits or the benefit of fixed principles? The course will examine the problems of acting in a world where the outward signs denoting inner life are no longer believed to be adequate. Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado, Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew, Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions, Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double, Herman Melville, Bartleby, Anton Chekhov, Five Great Stories, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


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.Andreas Teuber, University Studies, Modern Literature, Modern Identity, Self, Private, Public. Deception, Double, Duplicity, Duality, Sincerity, Authenticity, Individual, Social Role, Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado, Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew, Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions, Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double, Herman Melville, Bartleby, Anton Chekhov, Five Great Stories, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado, Denis Diderot, Rameau's Nephew, Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for a Metaphysics of Morals, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions, Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Double, Herman Melville, Bartleby, Anton Chekhov, Five Great Stories, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby