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Spring 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1462 section 001
SCIENCE LITERATURE & CULTURE

Call Number 03370
Day & Time
Location
TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
214 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Lisa K Hollibaugh
Type SEMINAR
Course Description At Barnard, it's not uncommon to hear a student say, "I'm a literature person, not a science person," or "I'm a science person, not a literature person." Are science and literature two separate "cultures" in this was—-appealing  to different manners of thought, different types of questions, different modes of expression? Or can we find points of connection in the way they interpret and explain human experience? In this seminar, we'll ponder the intersections of science, literature and culture by considering pieces of creative writing (novels, plays, poems, short stories) alongside pieces of scientific writing (articles, essays, treatises). Some of the topics or themes that we will consider will be the "proper" purposes and aims of scientific and literary pursuits; the possibilities of reproducing life and intelligence and humanity through literary or scientific means; and the possible effects of major scientific developments—-in areas as diverse as geology, biology, psychology, anthropology, and physics—-on depictions of humans, their relationships to one another, and their place in the universe. Readings will include works by C.P. Snow, Plato, Galileo, Francis Bacon, Réne Descartes, Isaac Newton, Alexander Pope, Mary Shelley, Charles Lyell, Lord Tennyson, Thomas Huxley, Matthew Arnold, Charles Darwin, George Bernard Shaw, Sigmund Freud, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Franz Boas, Zora Neale Hurston, Thomas Pynchon, James Gleick, Tom Stoppard and Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Department First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard
Enrollment 16 students as of 11:37PM Friday, September 19, 2014
Subject First-Year Seminar
Number BC1462
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard
Campus Barnard College
Note BC ONLY; LOTTERY ON EBEAR NOV 6-10; RESULTS NOV 11
Section key 20141FYSB1462X001

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