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HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: school of ancient & modern literatures

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Yael Levin

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: By Appointment

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Yael Levin

Course/Module description:
We will discuss theories of aesthetics, criticism and hermeneutics from Antiquity to the 19th century-

Course/Module aims:
The course will familiarize students with different paradigms of art, appreciation and criticism.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Students will come to know the historical evolution of Western perceptions of art and aesthetics; learn the differences between the Plato and Aristotle, the two founding fathers of Western philosophy; learn of the radical shifts heralded in the Renaissance and Romanticism.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lecture

Course/Module Content:
Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Antiquity

Lesson 3: Antiquity

Lesson 4: Roman Empire

Lesson 5: From Classicism to Christianity

Lesson 6: Christianity

Lesson 7: Early Modernity

Lesson 8: Neo-Classical

Lesson 9: Enlightenment

Lesson 10: German Romanticism

Lesson 11: Anglo-American Romanticism

Lesson 12: Nietzsche

Required Reading:
Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Antiquity
Plato, The Republic, Book VII, 514-: The Parable of the Cave, and Excerpts from Book X

Lesson 3: Antiquity
Aristotle, The Poetics

Lesson 4: Roman Empire
Horace From “The Art of Poetry”
Longinus From “On the Sublime”

Lesson 5: From Classicism to Christianity
Plotinus From “On Intellectual Beauty”
St. Augustine, From The Confessions

Lesson 6: Christianity
Thomas Aquinas From Summa Theologica, “The Nature and Domain of Sacred Doctrine”
Dante From “Letter to Can Grande Della Scala”

Lesson 7: Early Modernity
Boccaccio, From Genealogy of the Gentile Gods
Sidney, From “A Defense of Poetry”

Lesson 8: Neo-Classical
Corneille, From Three Discourses on Dramatic Poetry
Johnson, From “Preface to Shakespeare”

Lesson 9: Enlightenment
Addison, From “On the Pleasures of the Imagination”
Vico, From The New Science

Lesson 10: German Romanticism
Kant, From “A Critique of Judgment”
Lessing, From “Laocoön”

Lesson 11: Anglo-American Romanticism
Wordsworth, From the preface to Lyrical Ballads
Coleridge, From Biographia Literaria
Poe, From “The Poetic Principle”

Lesson 12: Nietzsche
From The Birth of Tragedy

Additional Reading Material:
The materials will be available to students on the course Moodle site.

Secondary sources:

Rafey Habib, Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present.

This is available both online through the university library website and on the fourth floor and in the reserved section in the library.

PN 86 H23 2008

Relevant topics in the online Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 100 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.