Courses in GREAT BOOKS (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, 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 ); 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 of the Medieval and Modern World. (4). (HU).

In this course we will read, discuss, and write about some half dozen of the classics of Western literature. Written for audiences with backgrounds and expectations widely different from our own, these books have preserved their value and importance with ease. Because they force us to consider important questions and values, because they make us think about the kinds of persons we are or want to be, these books are as much our heritage as the rules of arithmetic. I want you to become comfortable reading these books and eager to use them in forming your own education. We will read Saint Augustine's Confessions, Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli's The Prince, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Cervantes' Don Quixote, and Rousseau, Confessions. Our conversation about and with these greats will include about a dozen pages of writing in several shortish papers, a midterm, and a final. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wallin)

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. Occasional short written assignments, two brief papers, and a final examination are required. (Lin and Ramirez-Christensen)

350/American Culture 360. Great Books of the Founding Fathers. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (3). (Excl).

This course is about the making of the American Constitution, both as an intellectual and as a political event. The first third of the course focuses on the intellectual background of the Constitutional Convention. During these weeks, we will read selections from the works of John Locke, the Baron de Montesquieu, and Adam Smith. We will also read a variety of Revolutionary essays including Thomas Jefferson's "Summary View of the Right of British North America," John Adams' "Novanglus" letters, John Dickinson's "Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer," and Thomas Paine's "Common Sense." In the middle third of the course, we will turn to James Madison's Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention, and trace the Constitutional Convention's efforts day by day, from the initial proposal through the finished document. In the final third of the course, we will study the ratification debates, through reading much of the Federalist Papers and a variety of anti-Federalist essays. The course will require two ten-page essays and a two-hour final examination. The first essay, due at the end of the first third of the course, will be a study of the ideas of one of the constitutional thinkers important to the Founding Fathers but not discussed directly in the course. The second essay, due at the end of the second third, will explore the background and beliefs of one of the delegates to the Convention. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ordinarily Tuesday's class will be devoted to lecture and Thursday's to a discussion of the week's reading. WL:1 (Thornton)

394/Women's Studies 394. Great Books by Women Writers. Sophomore standing. (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 or the writings of St. Theresa of Avila; Madame de La Fayette's The Princesse de Cleves; George Sand's Indiana; Woolf's To the Lighthouse or Mrs. Dalloway; and a novel by Toni Morrison. 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 (Yaeger and others)


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