RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 002 Death in the Western Imagination
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Concepts of death in five cultures: Egyptian, Homeric, Platonic, Medieval and Modern Worldviews. Comparative evaluations of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Ancient and modern expressions of death in literature, art, music, psychology, dance and film.

Texts: (1) The Hebrew Bible (selections) (8th BCE– 1st CE); The New Testament (selections) (50 – 110); The Quran (selections) (609 – 623). (2) Homer, Odyssey (Book XI) (850 BCE); Virgil, Aeneid (Book VI) (29 – 19 BCE); Plato, Phaedo (360 BCE); Dante Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso (selections) (1321). (3) Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych (1886); Mann, Death in Venice (1912); Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Chapter 3) (1916); Camus, The Plague (1947).

Art: (1) The Pyramid Texts (2400 BCE); The Egyptian Book of the Dead (1550 BCE). (2) Rogier van der Weyden, Descent from the Cross (1435); Piero della Francesco, Resurrection of Christ (1463); (3) Dore, Illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy (1861 – 1868).

Music: The Requiem: Mozart (1791), Brahms (1868), Verdi (1874), Durufle (1947); Strauss, Death and Transfiguration (1889) (tone poem); Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius (1900) (cantata); Britten, Death in Venice (1973) (opera).

Psychology: Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle [on the death drive] (1920); Kuebler-Ross, On Death and Dying (1969).

Dance: Lamentation (1930), Martha Graham; Romeo and Juliet (1935), Prokofiev. Film: The Seventh Seal (1958), Bergman

Visiting Professors: Cindy Sowers (art); Naomi Andre (music); Beth Genne (dance); Hugh Cohen (film); Liz Goodenough (children's literature), Gorman Beauchamp (literature), Barbara Sloat (Buddhism)

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
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002 (SEM)
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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30815
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0760773092
Ancient Egyptian Book of the dead, Author: translated by Raymond O. Faulkner ; with an introduction by James P. Allen., Publisher: Barnes & Noble 2005
Required
ISBN: 1502732777
The Divine Comedy, Author: Dante, Publisher: createspace 2014
Required
ISBN: 9780198720478
Phaedo, Author: Plato., Publisher: Clarendon Press 1975
Required
ISBN: 0307951332
The death of Ivan Ilyich, Author: Leo Tolstoy ; translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky ; introduction by by Richard Pevear., Publisher: Vintage Classic 2012
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ISBN: 9780553213331
Death in Venice and other stories, Author: by Thomas Mann ; translated and with an introduction by David Luke., Publisher: Bantam Books 1988
Required
ISBN: 0141185139
The plague, Author: Albert Camus ; translated by Robin Buss with an introduction by Tony Judt., Publisher: Penguin Books Penguin mo 2002
Required
ISBN: 9780393011180
Beyond the pleasure principle, Author: Sigmund Freud ; translated and newly edited by James Strachey ; introduction by Gregory Zilboorg., Publisher: Norton Standard e 1975
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ISBN: 9780822217046
Wit, Author: by Margaret Edson., Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Rev. editi 1999
Required
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