The Mask, the Individual and Society
LAS 459 - The Mask, the Individual and Society3 hours Through a study of texts such as Machiavelli’s The Prince and Castiglione’s The Courtier, we will explore the various roles an individual plays in society. We all wear masks, both real and imaginary, in our interactions with others. What do these writers tell us of the nature and function of such masks? What is the ethical status of masking? What are its social functions? How does masking help shape the individual and society?This seminar will satisfy the literature core area requirement.