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Jim Ford Humanities Seminar
Office Phone: (918) 343-7749 Fall 2004
Prerequisite: Senior status.
“A reading, research, and/or lecture seminar on a particular topic, period, or genre, as specified each semester. Seminars will require extensive reading of, and reports on, primary and secondary works and/or research project(s). Student discussion will be paramount” (RSU Bulletin, 2003-04, p. 179).
official description is obviously a little vague. This course is an
advanced seminar in the Humanities. It is designed to be the culmination
of your academic experience at
The specific topic for this year's Humanities Seminar is “The Nature of Love.” We will read a number of literary and scholarly works that deal with various kinds of love, and their significance to a good human life. Each week we examine a different work (or selections from various works), and we will spend the vast majority of our time reading, discussing, and writing about the meaning and significance of those works. That means that the course will require a great deal of work on your part, but it will be worth it.
I: The Nature of Love
Oct 12 Additional Proposal
Oct 19 Love and Poetry; Love and Painting
Oct 26 Kierkegaard (selections)
II: Love in the Modern World
Nov 2 Freud, Civilization and its
Nov 9 Greene, The End of the Affair
Nov 16 Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Nov 23 Lovesongs (hand-outs)
Modern Critiques (hand-outs)
Dec 7 hooks, all about love
Dec 14 Final exam
This schedule may be revised as necessary during the course of the semester.
Jane Austen Persuasion Penguin 0140430059 Sigmund Freud Civilization and its DiscontentsWW Norton 1984 0393301583 Graham Greene The End of the Affair Penguin 2000 0140291091 bell hooks All about love HarperCollins 2000 0060959479 Milan Kundera The Unbearable Lightness of BeingHarperCollins 1999 0060932139 C.S. Lewis The Four Loves Harcourt 1971 0156329301 Plato Symposium Hackett 1997 0872200760 All books are available at the RSU Bookstore in Claremore.
POETRY AND PAINTING STUFF
Several things to peruse. First, go to the following website (or look in your book of Shakespeare's Sonnets,
if you have one), and pick three (3) sonnets you find particularly interesting (that relate in some interesting
way to our topic of love, obviously). Be sure to have a copy of those three sonnets with you on Tuesday:
Then, go to the following website (or look in your book of NGA paintings, if you have one), and pick
two (2) paintings you find particularly interesting (that relate in some interesting way to our topic of love,
obviously). Be sure to have a copy of those two paintings with you on Tuesday:
Why Shakespeare? Why the National Gallery of Art? Why not? We have to focus on something, right? But
in case you find these unduly limiting, please bring in a classic poem and/or painting of your own choosing (in
addition to the 3 and 2, respectively). So everyone brings 3 sonnets, 2 NGA paintings, plus at least 1 other
poem or painting. That, plus we will have a plethora of projects (relating to both the poetry and the painting)
to consider. Should be a fun day--Tuesday, October 19th, mark your calendars.
We will review this assignment on the 12th, just to make sure everyone understands. Thanks.
Those, and of course the hand-outs. Enjoy.
| VAN GOGH, Vincent
Branches with Almond Blossom
Oil on canvas
73.5 x 92 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam
Scan by http://http://www.artchive.com/ Mark Harden