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).
Section 001 Journeys of Flesh and Spirit.
In this course we will read, discuss, and write about some eight or so of the classics of Western literature. Written for the most part 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 are the rules of arithmetic. I want you to become comfortable reading these books and eager to use them in forming your own education. Readings most likely will be chosen from among Saint Augustine's Confessions, Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan, Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli's The Prince, Montaigne's Essays, Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, Rousseau's Confessions, and Richard Wagner's music drama Tristan and Isolde. 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)

204/Physics 204. Great Books in Physics. (4). (NS).

See Physics 204. (Campbell)

221. Great Books of Asian Autobiography. (4). (HU).

An introduction to modern Asia through autobiographies of individuals from China, Japan, Vietnam, Tibet, etc. Our focus will be on discerning the cultural values and world views that shaped these people's lives and on noticing the ways in which individuals follow cultural conventions and the ways in which they do not. The instructor will provide background information about relevant historical phenomena but the main classroom activity will be discussion of texts, which will include A Daughter of Han, Mr. China's Son, The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa, Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman, When Heaven and Earth Changed Place, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama, etc. Grading will be based on classroom participation and several short essays. Cost:2 WL:1 (Childs)

246/APTIS 296. Great Books of the Middle East. (4). (HU).

See APTIS 296. (Walker)


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