spring 2013

British Literature (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)
$180.00

This class is a one-year study of British literature, a look at some of the greatest works of literature from the early Middle Ages through the twentieth century.  Despite covering over a thousand years of literature, we will not be racing through an anthology of short, detached little snippets of books.  Instead, we will be taking a smaller number of the most important and representative works of literature in various genres and studying them carefully and in detail, focusing on close and careful reading rather than merely attaining a superficial familiarity with these works.  The first half of the year will be focused on early British literature, the great stories of the Middle Ages and the poetry and drama of the Renaissance, concluding with Milton’s Paradise Lost.  After the new year, we’ll return with a look at the growth of the modern sensibility and outlook, focusing principally on poetry and the birth of the novel.

Taught By

Professor Corey Olsen

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British Literature (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Book List

Beowulf – translated by Dirk Ringler
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Paradise Lost – John Milton
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Price: $180.00
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Great Books I (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)
$180.00

The “Great Books” are the most influential works of literature in our cultural heritage. These are the works that attempt to tackle life’s big questions: What does it mean to be a human being?  What is our place in the universe?  How should we live?  We all need to consider these questions in our own lives, and the Great Books help us to avoid “reinventing the wheel.”  In this course, students will become acquainted with most of the major authors from the ancient world through A.D. 1300 and take them through important poems, plays, and prose works that have had an enormous impact on our culture. No prior exposure to the Great Books is required or expected, and all works will be read in English translation.

Taught By

Professor Jason Jewell

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Great Books I (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Book List

King James Version of The Bible (any will do)
The Aeneid - Virgil, translated Robert Fagles
Inferno - Dante, translated by Anthony Esolen
Antigone – Sophocles
Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bachae – Euripides
Four Texts on Socrates - Plato and Aristophanes

Price: $180.00
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Science Fiction, Part II (Spring 2013)
$95.00

What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from the emergence of the New Wave in the 1960s to today, with an eye toward how the great works and movements within science fiction both reflect the concerns and attitudes of their time and imagine beyond them. Discover why author Ray Bradbury said that science fiction reflects “the history of our civilization birthing itself.”

Taught By

Professor Amy H. Sturgis

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Science Fiction, Part II (Spring 2013)

Book List

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
The Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
Genesis - Bernard Beckett

Price: $95.00
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Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth (Spring 2013)
$95.00

In this course, students will read Tolkien’s two critical essays, Beowulf, and The SilmarillionThe Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings to explore how his world and his myth developed over time.  There are three interim exams, one on the essays and Beowulf, one on The Silmarillion, one on The Hobbit, plus a two-hour final exam on The Lord of the Rings. Each exam builds on the one before it.  All are open book, open notes. The goal is not to test your memory, but to get you to think deeply and critically about the material and the relationships among the works.  You should know more at the end of each exam than you did before you started.

Taught By

Professor Verlyn Flieger

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Tolkien's World of Middle-earth (Spring 2013)

Book List

The Monsters and the Critics - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Beowulf - translated by Howell D. Chickering

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