Intro to Lit: Culture & Lit

Literature, Film, and the Meaning of Life

This class poses big questions concerning the meaning of life that we have all contemplated before. For example, what is life? What does it mean to have not just life, but a life, and what is one supposed to do with the one life they have? What is the human condition? Is there an inherent meaning to life that we are in search of, or do we create meaning in our day to day existence? How can we think the meaning of life from the vantage point of human suffering? These are some of the questions we will ask throughout the course of this class.

The goal of this course is to use to literature and film as a means to grapple with the questions posed above, and introduce students to the discipline of English.

  • Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot.
  • Camus, Albert. The Plague.
  • Sartre, Jean Paul. The Nausea.
  • Frankenstein, Marry Shelly. Frankenstein.
  • Patterson, Orlando. The Children of Sisyphus.
  • Levi, Primo. The Drowned and the Saved.