ESP Biography


Major: Classics

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2024

Picture of Gabrielle Epuran

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Not Available.

Past Classes

  (Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)

H957: Philosophy of the Novel as an Artform in Tides Spring 2021 (Feb. 07, 2021)
What is a novel, and why does it matter? Does it matter at all? Instead of approaching literature through the analysis of classics, this course aims to facilitate thought about some of the biggest questions surrounding the art of the novel. Through a survey of the novel's origins, basic elements, "rules," genres, and history, we will seek to distinguish the novel from other forms of writing and of art in general in order to understand the essence of the novel as an artform. Its roll in relation to time and space, as well as fiction's relation to reality in general, will be brought into question. What it means or takes to become a novelist, as well as a novel-reader, will help to sculpt an idea of how the author and the audience work together to create the artform. Theories of popular figures will be investigated. Finally, we will ask: Can novels merely show us the truth of an existence that we cannot change, or can the novel in its form give our lives more meaning than they already have? Or, perhaps, are novels more harmful than they are helpful? This course will, hopefully, help inspire a student to write their own novel.