HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 006 Perspectives of Solitude
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Class Misc Info:
Meets 9/16/2009-11/4/2009. (Drop/Add deadline=09/29/09.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In an age when we sleep with our cell phones next to our beds, when we pack millions of people into just a few hundred square miles, and when our identity perpetuates in a virtual world of constant friendship and availability, what, exactly, does it mean to be alone? Who seeks solitude? What is found?

In this mini-course, we will explore the nature and experience of solitude through a wide set of portrayals and perceptions of this circumstance. Using Thoreau’s “Walden” and Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” as a jumping off point, we will look at several depictions of both chosen and forced solitudes, from the willing, solitude-seeking man, to the prisoner sentenced to be alone, to the castaway who unknowingly ends up there, and will attempt to grasp this widespread, yet often overlooked and avoided, circumstance. The course will culminate with a journalistic project (of any sort) depicting each student’s own first-hand exploration of a solitudinous experience.

Beyond Emerson and Thoreau, course content to potentially be drawn from Mae Sarton’s Journal of a Solitude, Paolo Coehlo’s The Pilgrimage, Derrick Jensen’s A Language Older than Words, Antonio Gramsci’s The Prison Notebooks, the poetry of Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop, and Wernor Herzog’s films “Grizzly Man” and “Encounters at the End of the World.”

All members of the class should be prepared and willing to complete short weekly readings, participate in lively discussion, and partake in creative approaches to writing and learning.

Class meets: Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
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28153
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6LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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002 (SEM)
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33519
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1LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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003 (SEM)
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28155
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1LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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004 (SEM)
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28157
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2
2LSA Hnrs Y1
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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005 (SEM)
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29877
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1
1LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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006 (SEM)
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29893
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3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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W 6:00PM - 7:00PM
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007 (SEM)
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31799
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3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
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008 (SEM)
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33521
Open
3
3LSA Hnrs Y1
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M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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009 (SEM)
P
48370
Open
7
8LSA Hnrs Y1
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Tu 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Note: note: does not meet the first week of classes
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