COM 370 / HUM371 / ECS 377 / ART 361 (LA)

Topics in Comparative Literature: Collecting: Anatomy of an Obsession

Staff

Why do people collect objects? What desires motivate this obsession across cultures? How does a collection reflect and shape our relationship with objects? It is no accident that many writers are fascinated by the collector: Balzac, Eco, James, Pamuk and Proust all devoted significant creative energy to this figure. In this course, we will consider collecting as a serious mode of thinking. Analysis of key literary works will be combined with hands-on study of museum collections in Princeton and beyond. You will develop your own approach to the humanities that combines methodologies in archaeology, art, literature, intellectual history.

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