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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 074 Questers of Extremes

After considering a tradition in classical Greek and Roman thought that extolled the value of moderation in thought and behavior, this seminar examines a set of texts by or concerning questers of extremes-figures who distinguished themselves through their pursuit of immoderate, transcendent ends. Particular questers include, but are not limited to, an ancient conqueror (Alexander the Great), a medieval saint (Joan of Arc), a modern novelist (Yukio Mishima), and a contemporary young adventurer (Chris McCandless).