Recovering Hannah Arendt

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Recovering Hannah Arendt

Spring 2019

Taught By: Ellen Freeberg and Gina Walker

Section: A

CRN: 7240

Credits: 3

This course explores the early life, training, personal letters and selected work by 20th century political theorist Hannah Arendt. Our aim is to re-position Arendt within a broader context and the course begins with historical work on women’s education and entrance into Germany’s university system in Arendt’s time. We read Arendt’s biography by her former philosophy student Elizabeth Young-Bruehl; we pay close attention to Arendt’s own artful biography Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewess written as the defining project of her 1920s university career; and we discuss contemporaneous philosophers Edith Stein and Simone de Beauvoir who, unlike Arendt, wrote extensively about their lives as well as the gendered expectations that shaped their worlds. We ask ourselves how we could position Arendt’s efforts in relation both to her Jewish writings and to a long lineage of women intellectuals writing "female biographies." We explore what this genre has meant to feminists past and present and discuss how and why Arendt, who resisted writing much on the “woman question,” deployed individual stories, including Rahel’s and Rosa Luxenborg’s, to exemplify social and political struggle. We pay attention to Arendt's essays on freedom and to her personal letters from both male and female colleagues.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:01pm 6/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 501

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019