Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Readings and Syllabus

Reading List
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. The Thing Around Your Neck. Anchor Books, 2009.

Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke. “In a Grove” and “Rashōmon.” Rashōmon and Other Stories. Trans. by Takashi Kojima. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1952. (Paideia 112 Reader 49-62)

Greenberg, Kenneth S., and Nat Turner. The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Bloomsbury, 2015.

Christopher, Frank, Kenneth S Greenberg, Charles Burnett, Todd Holden Capps, Alfre Woodard, Carl Lumbly, Tommy Hicks, et al., dirs. 2002. Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property. California Newsreel. (Film, available for viewing through Preus Library)

Plato. “The Allegory of the Cave.” The Republic. Trans. C.D.C. Reeve. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing, 2004.

Plato. Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo. Trans. G.M.A. Grube. Rev. by John M. Cooper. Hackett Publishing, 2002.

Rashōmon. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Janus Films Criterion Collection, 2001. (Film, available for viewing through Preus Library) 

Writing Handbooks
Bullock, Richard H., et. al. The Little Seagull Handbook. 3rd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 4th ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

Spring 2020 Syllabus

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

Wednesday, February 5
• Reader (14-19: Headnote and Study Questions)
LECTURE: “The Past is a Foreign Country: The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents” (J. Wilkie, Valders 206)
• Kenneth S. Greenberg, editor. The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents “Introduction” (1-33) 

Thursday, February 6
• Opening Convocation: 9:40 am, CFL Main Hall (attendance encouraged) 

Friday, February 7
• Reader (19-20)
The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents, “The Confessions of Nat Turner” (36-56) 

Monday, February 10
• Reader (20-21)
The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents. Newspaper Accounts (59-70); Letter from Virginia Governor John Floyd (107-109); Thomas Dew, Abolition of Negro Slavery (110-118); David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World (119-134) 

Wednesday, February 12
• Reader (21)
FILM: Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property 

Friday, February 14
• Review and Common Quiz on The Confessions of Nat Turner with Related Documents 

Monday, February 17
• Reader (22-25)
• The Research Project (Your instructor will provide a detailed syllabus for your section)
Response Paper due 

Wednesday/Friday, February 19/21
• The Research Project: Consult your section syllabus 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, February 24/26/28
The Research Project: Consult your section syllabus 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 2/4/6
The Research Project: Consult your section syllabus 

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, March 9/11/13
The Research Project: Consult your section syllabus 

Monday, March 16
The Research Project: Consult your section syllabus 

Wednesday, March 18
• Reader (26-28: Headnote and Study Questions)
LECTURE: “Rashōmon: The Mystery of a Japanese Who-Dun-It” (G. Kopf; Valders 206)
First Version of Research Paper due 

Thursday, March 19
FILM: Rashōmon 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM, Valders 206 

Friday, March 20
• Reader (29)
• Discussion of the film Rashōmon 

Saturday, March 21–Sunday, March 29
• Spring Break 

Monday, March 30
• Reader (29-30)
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, “In a Grove” and “Rashōmon” (Reader 49-62) 

Wednesday, April 1
• Review and Common Quiz on Rashōmon 

Friday, April 3
• Reader (31-32: Headnote and Study Questions)
LECTURE: “Who Knows What Socrates Knows?” (S. Bailey; Valders 206)
Plato, “The Allegory of the Cave,” The Republic (Reader 41-48) 

Monday, April 6
• Reader (32)
Review “The Allegory of the Cave” (Reader 41-48) 

Wednesday, April 8
• Reader (32-33)
• Plato. “The Apology of Socrates,” Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (21-39)

Friday, April 10-Monday, April 13
• Easter Break 

Wednesday, April 15
• Reader (33)
Plato. “The Apology of Socrates,” Five Dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Meno, Phaedo (39-44)
• Review and Common Quiz on Plato 

Friday, April 17
• Reader (34-35: Headnote and Study Questions)
• LECTURE: “Scientific Knowledge: Reasoning, Evidence, and Field Work” (P. Nekola; Valders 206)
• Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, Preface; Chapter 1; Chapter 2 (1-44) 

Monday, April 20
• Reader (36)
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, Chapter 3; Chapter 4 (45-90). 

Wednesday, April 22
• Reader (36)
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, Chapter 5 (93-121); Chapter 8 (150-172). 

Friday, April 24
• Reader (37)
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe, Chapter 11; Chapter 12 (193-235). 

Monday, April 27
• Review and pilot assessment on Field Notes from a Catastrophe 

Wednesday, April 29
• Reader (38-39: Headnote and Study Questions)
LECTURE: “Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck: Making Sense of Crossing Cultural Borders” (N. Whitsitt; Valders 206)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Thing Around Your Neck (3-42) 

Friday, May 1
• Reader (39)
The Thing Around Your Neck (43-94) 

Monday, May 4
• Writing Workshop 

Wednesday, May 6
• Reader (39)
The Thing Around Your Neck (128-186)

Friday, May 8
• Celebrating Research: An All-College Symposium (Attendance Required)
Final Essay due 

Monday, May 11
• Reader (40)
The Thing Around Your Neck (187-218) 

Wednesday, May 13
• Review and Common Quiz on The Thing Around Your Neck 

Friday, May 15
• Review for Final Exam 

Monday, May 18
• Final Exam