English 287: Great Books
1 Apr (F): Quiz over Brecht's Life of Galileo.
Read pp. xix-xxii of Willet and Manheim's Introduction.
Read the following brief texts by Brecht (in our Willett and Manheim's edition of the play, i.e., our text):
'Foreward" (pp. 115-117).
"The Life of Galileo is not a tragedy" (pp. 117-118).
"Portrayal of the Church" (pp. 118-119).
"Three Notes on the Character of Galileo" (pp. 119-121).
"Praise or Condemnation of Galileo?" (pp. 126-127).
4 Apr (M): Begin the readings we are undertaking with Molière's play Tartuffe. (See the list of Texts for the Course.) For today:
6 Apr (W): Finish Tartuffe (Acts 3, 4, 5).
8 Apr (F): There will be a quiz today over Tartuffe.
To prepare for this, review carefully the following scenes from Tartuffe.
11 Apr (M): Come to class having read Chapters 1-10 of Voltaire's philosophical tale Candide (See the list of Texts for the Course.)
There are two study guides to this work. You may elect to use either, as you please:
13 Apr (W): Candide, Chapters 11-20.
15 Apr (F): Candide, Chapters 21-30.
18 Apr (M): Quiz over Candide.
20 Apr (W): Writing Assignment #2 (over a significant point of contrast between 2 of the works we've read since Plato) is due by 5 p.m. under the office door at ECS-127.
22 Apr (F): Come to class having read Chapters 1-7 (pp. 1-69) of Black Elk Speaks (See the list of Texts for the Course.)
Before beginning BES itself, it would be a good idea to read Vine Deloria Jr.'s Foreword (pp. xiii-xvii). This gives you some idea of the history of the reception of the book, and points you to different aspects of interest that various readers have found in it.
As you read, you'll want to be continually referring back to the map that precedes page 1 of the text. If you have an atlas that shows typographical features (mountain ranges, valleys, etc.), it would be good to get it out and have it beside you.
Another important resource is Appendix 3 (pp. 221-223), "Lakota Words in the Text." You should consult this as needed.
After you've finished Chapter 7, be sure to read John G. Neihardt's Prefaces to the 1932, 1961, and 1972 Editions (pp. xviii-xxx). These tell you how the book came to be.
25 Apr (M): Chapters 8-15 (pp. 70-144) of Black Elk Speaks.
Chapters 16-25 (pp. 145-207) of Black Elk Speaks, and the author's Postscript (pp. 208-210).
Recommended (but not required) is Lori Utect's article "Neihardt and Black Elk," which constitutes Appendix 5 (pp. 245-255).
27 Apr (W): Quiz over Black Elk Speaks.
29 Apr (F): Come to class having read Part I (Chapters 1-13; pp. 3-87) of E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime. (See the list of Texts for the Course.)
In class, we'll start viewing the film Ragtime.
Dead Week begins.
2 May (M): Read Part II Chapters 14-28; pp 91-77) of Ragtime.
In class, we'll continue viewing the film Ragtime.
4 May (W): Finish reading Ragtime (i.e., Part II: Chapters 29-40; pp. 181-270).
In class, we'll conclude the film Ragtime and further discuss the novel.
6 May (F): Further discussion of Ragtime.
The Final Exam
The Prep Sheet for the Final Exam will be posted on Wednesday of Dead Week.
- The Final Exam for the 10:30 Section will be held in our regular classroom
on Wednesday, May 11, from 11:50 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
- The Final Exam for the 11:30 Section will be held in our regular classroom
on Thursday, May 12, from 11:50 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.
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