147C. Karen Blixen
Lecture, three hours. Investigation of life, work, writings, and legacy of Danish author Karen Blixen, also known in the English-speaking world as Isak Dinesen. Focus on literary and philosophical paradoxes personified and articulated by enigmatic, controversial, and widely acclaimed Dinesen. Using memoirs, short fiction, and essays by Dinesen, interrogation of aesthetic theory, historiography and biography, feminist theory, postmodern and transcolonial theory, and identity. Secondary readings include texts by Bhabha, Gilbert and Gubar, JanMohamed, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Ngugi, Said, and Thurman. P/NP or letter grading.