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Gordon, Paul

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Currently working on the relation of art to synesthesia. Other areas: Hitchcock, Freud, Nietzsche, Kafka, literary theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis.


  • aesthetics, art and philosophy, literary theory, film, psychoanalysis, rhetoric


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courses taught

  • HUMN 2000 - Methods and Approaches to the Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provides a transition from the introductory courses to the upper-division courses. Introduces the various technical methods and topics encountered in the department's comparative, interdisciplinary upper-division courses, including cultural studies, rhetoric, translation, hermeneutics, word/image studies.
  • HUMN 3240 - Tragedy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Studies some of the great tragic works of art, music,and literature from the Greeks to the 20th century. Tragic theory is invoked as an aid to interpretation.
  • HUMN 4011 - The Criminal-Hero
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
    Studies various theories of literary transgression by Aristotle, Nietzsche, Freud, Bataille and others to understand the many works, beginning with Genesis and the Iliad and including contemporary works such as Norman Mailer's The Executioners Song and the films of Herzog (Aguirre, Nosferatu) and Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Cape Fear) which feature this paradoxical figure.
  • HUMN 4135 - Art and Psychoanalysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021
    Explores psychoanalytic theory as it relates to our understanding of literature, film and other arts. After becoming familiar with some essential Freudian notions (repression, narcissism, ego/libido, dreamwork, etc.), students apply these ideas to works by several artists (e.g., Flaubert, James, Kafka, Hoffmann and Hitchcock).
  • HUMN 4155 - Philosophy, Art, and the Sublime
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Explores philosophies of art, theories of the sublime, and the relation between art and morality through philosophy, literature, and the visual arts. Includes works by Plato, Longinus, Burke, Rousseau, Kant, Mary Shelley, Melville, Friedrich, Turner, and Pollock.


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