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Doug Phillips

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 349
Hours
(Fall 2017) M/W 1:30-2:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5655

Writers whose sentences sparkle on the page -- Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, James Baldwin, David Foster Wallace -- are the likely stars of the classes I teach. I'm also interested in philosophy and critical theory, from the Ancients to Simone de Beauvoir to Adorno to Zizek. My publications include pieces on Shakespeare, Beckett, Wittgenstein, Zizek, Heidegger, Harold Pinter, David Foster Wallace, Alan Bennett, T.S. Eliot, and, most recently, Wallace Stevens.

 

J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W02 Romantic Losers M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 209

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

22397 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Doug P. Phillips

In the realm of romantic love no amount of reading will keep us from getting our hearts broken, but it may, in the words of Samuel Beckett, help us to “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” With this in mind, we’ll immerse ourselves in the love lives of some of literature’s best and little known romantic losers, which I hope will leave us all a little wiser about the subject by the semester’s end. Here are a few works that will for sure make the cut, maybe: Flaubert’s MADAME BOVARY, Millay’s sonnets, Larkin’s poems, Barthes’s A LOVER’S DISCOURSE, de Botton’s ON LOVE, Beckett’s FIRST LOVE, Kureishi’s INTIMACY, and Greene’s THE END OF THE AFFAIR. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

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ENGL 221 - L01 The Modern Tradition - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 306

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 306

Course Registration Number:

20074 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Doug P. Phillips

Through our study of European literature and some of its most memorable characters—Moliere’s Tartuffe, Voltaire’s Candide, Flaubert’s Emma Bovary, Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, Kafka’s Bug-Man, etc.—we will dig deep into life’s most pressing questions, not least of which is what makes for a good life. Our study will also give us the chance to better understand who we are today in light of the cultural shifts and philosophical drifts that have come before us. In the words of the writer Zadie Smith, we're going to read a lot of good books in this class (all in translation), “concentrating on whatever is most particular to them, in the hope that this might help us understand whatever is most particular to us.” This course satisfies both the Historical Perspectives distribution requirement for English majors and the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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