Spring 2010

The Moral Essay

Listed in: English, as ENGL-49


Kim Townsend (Section 01)


The moral essay is a genre situated somewhere between literature and philosophy, between stories and sermons. “The essay interests itself in the narration of ideas,” one critic writes, “in their unfolding.” The moral essay is not about morals per se but about manners, about the way people live-and die. We will read essays by Montaigne, Bacon, Emerson, and Simone Weil.

Spring semester. Professor Emeritus Townsend.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012