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Note: This syllabus is not current, but still representative of the course.

20th Century and the Tradition I

Office Hours, Gasson 112

M.J.Hughes W 3-4, T, Th, 2:45-4:30

Fall Term Phone and voicemail 552-4502 mary.hughes.1@bc.edu

Required Texts:

Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories -Schocken

Tom Stoppard, Travesties (1989 , but set during WWI)-Grove-Atlantic

T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland and Other Poems -Harbrace

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927)- Harbrace

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929) - Vintage Intl.

Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (1958, but concerning 1944-45)- Simon & Schuster

Jean Paul Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions(1946)-Citadel

Walker Percy, The Moviegoer (1960)-

There may be one more text for Heidegger readings--to be announced.

Recommended: Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New (Knopf)

Always bring relevant books to class. In addition to the above readings there will be shorter reading assignments (Marked with *) handed out or assigned in class.

Schedule of Discussion:

9/3 Introductory

9/8 From Berger, The Heretical Imperative, ch. 1, in course pkt. .

From Hughes, Shock of the New, ch. 1, "Mechanical Paradise" (All selections from Shock of the New may be read from copies on reserve in the HP library, shelf to left of inner office, or viewed from videotapes on reserve in the Media Center, O'Neill library. The video selections are identified by chapter title.)

9/10 Kafka, "The Judgment," "Metamorphosis"

9/15 Kafka "In the Penal Colony,"

"Trouble in Utopia," ch. 4 from Shock of the New

9/17 Kafka, "A Little Woman," "Conversation with the Supplicant, "

Shock of the New, ch. 5, "Threshold of Liberty," 212-257 on surrealism (or to American abstract expressionism in videotape version)

9/22 Phenomenology: *Husserl handout(1)

9/24 Phenomenology, *Husserl handout (2 ), *War poets handout

9/29 * War poets, cont. *Julian Barnes story, "Evermore" and

Film: "All Quiet on the Western Front", on reserve, Media Center

 

10/1 Stoppard, Travesties, with Tzara, "Dadaism" from The Modern Tradition, in course pkt.

Shock of the New, ch. 2 "Faces of Power" to p. 81 on Dadaism, or videotape "Powers That Be," 1st section, on Dada

10/6 *Woolf, "The Novel of Consciousness," from the Modern Tradition, and Woolf, To the Lighthouse, 1st section titled "The Window."

10/8 To the Lighthouse, entire.

10/13 T. S. Eliot "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Preludes," "The Wasteland,","Ash Wednesday," and "Marina"

10/15 Eliot, cont. First Paper due.

10/20 Eliot, cont. / *Heisenberg, Uncertainty Principle handout(s)

10/22 Faulkner Sound and Fury, section 1

10/27 Sound and Fury, Section two

10/29 Sound and the Fury, Sections three and four

11/3 TBA

11/5 Sartre, Existentialism and Human Emotions to p. 59

11/10 Heidegger, selections to be announced

11/12 Heidegger, cont.

11/17 Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz

11/19 *Handout from John A. T. Robinson, Honest to God, ch's 1-4, 7 to pg. 133.

11/24 Tillich, Buber in course pkt, *Tillich handout from The Courage to Be. Second Paper due.

11/26 No class

12/1 Percy, The Moviegoer

12/3 Moviegoer, cont.

12/8 Reprise

Requirements: Vigorous and well-prepared class participation, including short class presentations as assigned. Two papers, 4-8 pages. Final Examination. Grades will be computed approximately as follows: Class participation with presentations, 20%. Each paper, 25%. Final examination: 30%.