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

  • Midterm Exam

Saturday, March 23—Monday, April 1

  • Spring/Easter Break

Enduring Questions: 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, Chapters 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