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, Williams, et al.)

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. Readings will be chosen from among Saint Augustine's Confessions, Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli's The Prince, Montaigne's Essays, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Cervantes' Don Quixote, and Rousseau's Confessions. Our conversation about and with these greats will include about ten pages of writing in a few shortish papers, two midterms, and a final. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wallin)

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

An introduction to some of the books that have exerted a commanding influence on the lives, thought, and literary experience of the Chinese people through the ages, and that have the power to delight or enlighten Western readers today. We will being with a short selection from the ancient I Ching or Book of Changes which represents one of the earliest crystallization of the Chinese mind and then extend to examine several texts in the ethical and social philosophy of Confucianism and two mystical texts in the philosophy of Taoism. Other readings include selections from The Book of Songs; one wild Buddhist text about the experience of enlightenment; Monkey, a novel of myth, fantasy, comedy, and allegory; The Power of Myriad Mirrors, a sequel to Monkey exploring the world of dreams and the unconscious; and finally The Story of the Stone (also known as Dream of the Red Chamber), a monument in fiction, set in the last high point in traditional Chinese civilization and depicting in vivid detail its splendor and decadence. Weekly one-page written assignments, three brief papers (four or five pages each), and a final examination are required. (Lin)

394/WS 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 will be selected from among such works as: 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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