Great Books Courses (Division 382)

192. Great Books. Open to Honors freshmen only. (4). (HU).

Continuation; of Great Books 191, from Plato to the Renaissance. We will read Plato, PHAEDO, SYMPOSIUM, and parts of the REPUBLIC; Vergil, THE AENEID; Petronius, THE SATYRICON; selections from the Old Testament and New Testament; Dante, THE DIVINE COMEDY (INFERNO, and selections from PURGATORIO and PARADISO); Boccaccio, selections from the DECAMERON. Great Books 192 is open only to freshmen in the Honors Program; other students wishing to take a similar course are encouraged to elect Great Books 202. (Cameron and others)

202. Great Books. (3). (HU).
Section 001.
Great Books of Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. We will read and discuss Vergil's AENEID, Tacitus' ANNALS OF IMPERIAL ROME, Augustine's CONFESSIONS, Gottfried's TRISTAN, Dante's INFERNO, Machiavelli's THE PRINCE, Montaigne's ESSAYS, and Shakespeare's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. Grading will be based upon class participation, your best ten out of twelve one-page essays, a midterm, and a final exam. Our texts have delighted, instructed, and influenced many minds, great and small, for centuries, and form an important part of the foundation of our culture. Our purpose will not be to learn about these works, but to learn the works themselves, so that they become, in a sense, a part of our experience, our personal property. (Wallin)

Section 002. Great Books of western culture from the Icelandic Sagas through today. One short book, or a play, per week. These are read in an order which suggests the evolution of the entire culture as well as of its literary forms from blood feuds to genteel elites through the agonies of the modern situation to postmodern nostalgia, reflection, humanism. Two papers, one class presentation; papers rewritten as needed to achieve clarity. (Lockridge)

221. Great Books of the Far East. (4). (HU).

An introduction to some of the great books that have exerted a commanding influence on the lives, thought, and literary experience of the Chinese and Japanese peoples through the ages, and that have the power to delight or enlighten Western readers today. Texts will include two monuments of fiction, THE STORY OF THE STONE (also known as THE DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER) and THE TALE OF GENJI, set in two high points of these great civilizations and depicting in vivid detail their splendor and decadence. Other Chinese readings will include two Confucian texts of social and political philosophy; one mystical Taoist text; one wild Buddhist text about the experience of enlightenment; selections from THE BOOK OF SONGS; and MONKEY, a novel of myth, fantasy, comedy, and allegory. Other Japanese readings will include selections from classical poetry; a book on the Way of the samurai; a travel journal by the HAIKU poet Basho; a pair of modern novels by Natsume Soseki and Kawabata Yasunari depicting families in the context of social change; and Ibuse Masuji's BLACK RAIN, the great documentary novel of human loss and endurance in the wake of the bombing of Hiroshima. Weekly short written assignments, two brief papers, and a final examination are required. (Lin and Ramirez-Christensen)

394(294)/Women's Studies 394. Great Books by Women Writers. Sophomores standing and above. (4). (HU).

This course is designed to introduce students to "Great Books" by European and American women writers from the twelfth to the twentieth century. Taught by a series of lecturers using differing critical approaches, the course aims to provide a perspective from which to critique the traditional Great Books canon; to examine differences in women's writing in specific contexts; and to explore basic constructs of feminist literary criticism and theory. Texts to be read include: Virginia Woolf's A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN; Hildegard von Bingen's hymns; Madame de La Fayette's THE PRINCESSE DE CLEVES; George Sand's INDIANA; Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE; Toni Morrison's SULA; Christa Wolf's CASSANDRA. There will be two lectures and two discussions per week. Written work: two short papers; a term paper; and a final exam. Lecture time: T,TH 9-10. This time preempts TIME SCHEDULE if different. (Herrmann and others)


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