Atheist Fiction

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Atheist Fiction

Spring 2019

Taught By: Justin Neuman

Section: A

CRN: 7185

Credits: 4

Does life have meaning? Do human beings have free will? Are there any universal ethical principles? Is there a God? In this course we will tackle these and other simple questions as we survey the philosophy and literature of existentialism and the atheist traditions of the twentieth century. Course texts and class discussion will explore concepts like anxiety, alienation, and crisis; individual freedom vs. social responsibility; cruelty, irrationality, and the absurd; nihilism, authenticity, angst, and bad faith. But fear not these dark materials! The novelists, playwrights, and philosophers considered in this course explore a range of “solutions” to the problem of a world without God, a world where self-definition is a project to be undertaken rather than an essence to be discovered. Course readings will include selections from the philosophical writings of Kierkegaard, Sartre, Nietzsche, de Beauvoir, Heidegger, and others. Fiction by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, Kurt Vonnegut, Tayeb Salih, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, and Don DeLillo.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

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: 7:22pm 5/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019