Courses in Great Books (Division 382)

192. Great Books. Open to Honors first-year students 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 first-year students in the Honors Program; other students wishing to take a similar course are encouraged to elect Great Books 202. (Cameron, Williams, et al.)
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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. After focusing for two weeks in the Christian New Testament, we will read Saint Augustine's Confessions, Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan, Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli's The Prince, Shakespeare's King Lear, Rousseau's Confessions, Richard Wagner's music drama Tristan and Isolde, and Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals . 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)
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221. Great Books of China. (4). (HU).
An introduction to some of the books that have exerted a commanding influence on the lives, thought, culture, and literary experience of the Chinese people through the ages, and that have the power to delight or enlighten Western readers today. We will begin with a short selection from the ancient Book of Changes which represents the earliest crystallization of the Chinese mind and then extend to examine several texts in the ethical, social, and political philosophy of Confucianism; two texts in the mystical philosophy of Taoism; and Sun Tzu's The Art of War, the world's oldest, and perhaps also greatest, military text. Other readings include one wild Buddhist text about the experience of enlightenment; Monkey, a novel of myth, fantasy, comedy, and allegory; The Tower of Myriad Mirrors, a sequel to Monkey exploring the world of desire, dreams, and the unconscious; and finally The Story of the Stone, a monument in fiction, set in the last high point in traditional Chinese civilization and depicting in vivid detail its splendor and decadence. Regular one-page written assignments, three brief papers (four or five pages each), and a final examination are required. (Lin)
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331(320)/Spanish 331. Great Books of Spain and Latin America. Open to students at all levels. A knowledge of Spanish is not required. (3). (HU). May not be included in a concentration plan in Spanish (or teaching certificate major or minor).
See Spanish 331. (Colás)
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