192. Great Books. Open to Honors freshmen
only. (4). (HU).
Continuation; of Great Books 191, from Plato to the Renaissance. We will read Plato, Symposium and Republic; Vergil, The Aeneid; selections from the Old Testament and New Testament; St. Augustine, Confessions; Dante, The Divine Comedy ( Inferno, and selections from Purgatorio and Paradiso ); Wolfram von Eschenbach, Tristan; and selections from Boccaccio. 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)
202. Great Books. (3). (HU).
Section 001: Romans, Christians, Medieval Synthesis, and New Secular Forces. We will read, discuss, and write about two or three Roman comedies of Plautus, Cicero's essay to his son On Duties, Vergil's Aeneid, selections from the New Testament, St. Augustine's Confessions, Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli's The Prince, and Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. Grading will be based upon class participation, a series of short essays (total of 10-12 pages), 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. The class will be limited to no more than thirty students. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wallin)
221. Great Books of the Far East. (4).
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. Occasional short written assignments, two brief papers, and a final examination are required. (Lin and Ramirez-Christensen)
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; Juana Ines de la Cruz's poetry; Madame de La Fayette's THE PRINCESSE DE CLEVES; George Sand's INDIANA; Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE; Toni Morrison's SULA. There will be two lectures and two discussions per week. Written work: two short papers; a term paper; and a final exam. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Herrmann and others)
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