Writing About Literature: Writing About Love

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Through a series of writing assignments students in this course will strive to write for love while reflecting on the relationship between wooing-author and swooning-reader. (Image courtesy of the instructor.)

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21L.000J

As Taught In

Fall 2015

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

Course Description

This course is designed around analyzing intimate bonds and the permutations of heartbreak. Through the analysis of a set of relations in novels, short stories, poetry, music videos, and live theatre, we will consider the transformative states of the lover’s (un)becoming, for how consciousness is constituted by bonds yet how the lover transcends crisis in the moment of the epiphany that surfaces in love’s very failure; indeed, love itself becomes narcissistically yet optimistically illuminating, even in its oppressive hold.

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Rosa Martínez. 21L.000J Writing About Literature: Writing About Love. Fall 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.


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