Introductory course. What is a classic? Some great thinkers think the answer depends on longevity. For instance, 18th century British poet Alexander Pope wrote: "who lasts a century can have no flaw/I hold that Wit a Classic, good in law." But how do we decide what makes a 'classic' within the last century? What criteria are used to define 'greatness'? And who makes these decisions? Explores the advent of artistic prizes and their role in canon making in the 20th and 21st centuries. Focuses on prizes such as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the O'Henry Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Tony Awards, the Academy Awards, the Booker Prize, etc., or the works of 1 prize winner to explore questions of canonicity, aesthetics, authority and the politics and culture of 'prize-worthiness.' Fall of even years.
*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.