Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Great Books (Division 382)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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Great Books 192. Great Books.

Instructor(s): H. Don Cameron, Ralph Williams

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to Honors first-year students only. (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Great Books 202. Great Books of the Medieval and Modern World.

Section 001 Journeys of Flesh and Spirit

Instructor(s): Robert Wallin

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rdwallin/syl/GreatBooks/202.W99/

In this course we will read, discuss, and write about some nine 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 a week and a half in the Christian New Testament (particularly on the Gospel of Mark and two or three of the Letters of Paul as well as the Sermon on the Mount), we will read Saint Augustine's Confessions, Gottfried's Tristan, Dante's Inferno, Machiavelli's The Prince, More's Utopia, Shakespeare's King Lear, Rousseau's Confessions, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. Our conversation about and with these greats will include about ten pages of writing in a few shortish papers, two midterms, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Great Books 222/Asian Studies 222/Japanese 222. Great Books of Japan.

Instructor(s): Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to the great works of literature that have exerted a determining influence on the lives and culture of the Japanese from ancient times to the present. Readings include selections from women's writing, from Lady Murasaki's monumental eleventh-century novel, The Tale of Genji, to various stories about the female condition in the modern world; medieval Buddhist-inspired essays on the ethos and aesthetics of daily life; a fascinating tract on death, heroism, and the way of the samurai; popular group poetry from renga, haikai, and Bashô's haiku; and modern fiction from Sôseki, Ibuse, and Nobel-prize winners Kawabata and Ôe. Discussions will focus on the human and cultural values inscribed in the works, particularly as seen from a comparative East/West perspective and the problematics of Japanese modernity. Because all texts are in English translation, no knowledge of Japanese is required. Course work consists of brief written assignments and two longer papers.

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Great Books 394/WS 394. Great Books by Women Writers.

Instructor(s): Smith

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Women's Studies 394.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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