2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

After Nietzsche: Arts, Literature, Philosophy in the Wanderer's Shadow

Revised Last Updated: 05/02/2008

Spring quarter

Faculty: Marianne Bailey foreign languages and literature, Marianne Hoepli German language

Major areas of study include aesthetics, literature and philosophy.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: Core program and one year of humanities studies or two years of college, during which students completed humanities coursework.

This course is for students who are already familiar with Nietzsche's works or who studied last quarter in Nietzsche: Life, Times, Work. Nietzsche's writings have intrigued artists and writers since his death in 1900. Today, more than ever, he speaks to us and shapes intellectual discourse. His Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music shaped both modernist experimentation in ritualized theater performance, and, through its establishing of the aesthetic tension of Apollinian and Dionysian forces, established a context for modernist aesthetic debate. His work placed the artist in the center of aesthetic metamorphosis; that is, the artist became a "work of art", shaping 20th century artists' self-conception. Finally, his philosophical annexation of issues of styles and language, his "dancing philosophy" and his self-description as "artist-philosopher" made possible the post-modern theories most influential today. We will consider major writers strongly marked by Nietzsche's work, including Gide, Rilke, Mann, Hesse, Sartre, Yeats, Mishima, Bataille, Foucault, Blanchot, Derrida and Iriguaray, as well as visual and performing artists.

Students will research and present a writer or artist of choice; they will demonstrate the relationship of that author to Nietzsche's thought. They will also complete a body of creative or analytical work reflecting their encounter with Nietzsche, and with the works under study this quarter. German language instruction will continue in this program.

During the final four weeks of spring quarter, students will have the option of a trip to Nietzsche's favorite European haunts. We will retrace the steps of Nietzsche's yearly peregrinations through Switzerland, Italy and the South of France, while reading (and re-reading) his works where he wrote each one, and participating in the dialogue, essential to understanding Nietzsche, between his words and his places. He spent fall and winter in Turin, Rapallo and Nice and summer in the high alpine lakes and meadows of Sils Maria. Our pilgrimage to Nietzsche's places will includeall these and, in Germany, his childhood home of Naumberg and the Nietzsche Archive in Weimar. Students will write their own journals of a nomadic, self-reflective and philosophical life.

Those students unable to travel to Europe will develop individual projects and pilgrimages of reading, reflecting and writing closer to home during these weeks.

Students who wish to study another language or course while taking this program may negotiate a 12 credit option in consultation with program faculty.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $3,000 - $3500 approximately, if student chooses to travel to Europe. A deposit of $200 is due by end of 1st week of spring quarter, April 3, 2009.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in the humanities and the arts.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 2nd, 2008 Marianne Hoepli will provide German language support to this program.