Spring 2013

Spring 2013 SYLLABUS

Enduring Questions: What can we know and how can we know our understanding is reliable?

Friday, February 1
Reader (14-30)
• Introduction (Reader 14-27)
• LECTURE:  “Who Knows????  History, Fiction, and Martin Guerre” (Christman, V; V206)
• Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre, Preface (vii-x), Introduction and Ch. 1 (1-18)

Monday, February 4
•  Reader (30)
•  The Return of Martin Guerre, Chs. 2-5 (19-50)

Wednesday, February 6
•  Reader (31-32)
•  The Return of Martin Guerre, Chs. 3-9 (51-93)

Friday, February 8
•  Reader (32)
•  The Return of Martin Guerre, Chs. 10-12 and  Epilogue (94-125)

Monday, February 11
•  Reader (32-34)
•  Robert Finlay, “The Refashioning of Martin Guerre” (552-571) and Natalie Zemon Davis, “On the Lame” (572-604)  JSTOR.
•  Review and Common Quiz on Martin Guerre and readings.

Wednesday, February 13
•  Reader (34-43)
•  The Research Project (Your instructor will provide a detailed syllabus for your section’s Research Unit)

Friday, February 15
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus
•  Response Paper on Davis due

Monday, February 18
• Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Wednesday, February 20
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Friday, February 22
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Monday, February 25
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Wednesday, February 27   
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Friday, March 1
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Monday, March 4
•  Research Project:  Consult your section syllabus

Wednesday, March 6
•  Writing Workshop on the Research Paper

Friday, March 8
•  Reader (44-50)
•  LECTURE:  “Perhaps They’re All Telling the Truth: Kurosawa, Roshoman and Subjective Knowledge” (Hurley, S; V206)
•  Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, “In a Grove” and “Rashomon” (Reader 73-98).

Saturday, March 9
•  Reader (44-50)
•  FILM: Rashōmon (10 am and 1:30 pm; V206)

Sunday, March 10
•   Reader (44-50)
•   FILM:  Rashōmon (3:30 pm and 7:30 pm; V206)

Monday, March 11
•  Reader (50)
•  Discussion of “In a Grove” “Rashomon” and the film Rashōmon
•  First Version of Research Paper Due

Wednesday, March 13
•  Review and Common Quiz on Rashomon

Friday, March 15
•  Reader (50-56)
• LECTURE:  “Persepolis: A Look at Revolutionary Iran” (Caton, B; V206)
• Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (1-153)

Monday, March 18
• Discussion of Persepolis

Wednesday, March 20
• Review and Common Quiz on Persepolis

Friday, March 22
•  Midsemester Exam

Saturday, March 23—Monday, April 1
•  Spring/Easter Break

Enduring Question:  How do communities come to know? What are the limits of communal knowing?

Wednesday, April 3
•  Reader (57-60)
•  Dava Sobel, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (1-50)

Friday, April 5
•  LECTURE:   “‘We were the first that ever burst/ Into that silent sea’: Finding a ship’s position with the first Sea Clock” (Preus, N; Wilkerson, J; V206)
•  Reader (60)
•  Longitude (51-99)

Monday, April 8
•  Reader (60-61)
•  Longitude (100-137)

Wednesday, April 10
•  Reader (61)
•  Longitude (138-175)
•  Discussion and Common Quiz on Longitude

Friday, April 12
LECTURE:  “The Limits of Communal Understanding in Early Colonial Umuofia”  (Mtisi, R; V206)
•  Reader (62-64)
•  Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Chs. 1-3 (1-25)

Monday, April 15
•  Reader (64-65)
•  Things Fall Apart, Chs. 4-8 (26-74)

Wednesday, April 17
•  Reader (65-66)
•  Things Fall Apart, Chs. 9-13 (75-125)

Friday, April 19
•  Reader (66-67)
•  Things Fall Apart, Chs. 14-19 (127-167)

Monday, April 22
•  Reader (67-68)
Things Fall Apart, Chs. 20-25 (169-209)
• Review and Common Quiz on Things Fall Apart

Wednesday, April 24  
•  Writing Workshop for Final Paper

Friday, April 26
•  Reader (68-70)
•  LECTURE:  “Much Ado About Knowing” (Barry, N; V206)
•  Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-2

Monday, April 29
•  Reader (70-71)
•  Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-4

Wednesday, May 1
•  Reader (71-72)
•  Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-5        

Friday, May 3
•  Celebrating Research:  An All-College Symposium
•  Final Paper Due

Monday, May 6
•  Reader (72)
•  Much Ado About Nothing, Acts 1-5

Wednesday, May 8
•  Conclusion and Common Quiz on Much Ado About Nothing

Friday, May 10
• Review

Exam Week, May 13 thru May 16
•  Final Exam