Spring 2000, Sophomore Tutorial in Early Modern Europe 

Th 2-4

Barker 128

 

Nathan Alexander; wnalexan@fas; office hours: W 2-4; Barker Ctr 051, 5-3463; mailbox in Barker Ctr

Ann Blair, amblair@fas; office hours: M 2:30-4:30; Robinson 216; 5-0752; mailbox in Robinson Hall 200

 

Requirements:

-active and informed participation--20%

-oral presentation--10% (extra assigned reading to be presented to the class)

-Sophomore essay (12pp)--30%

-sophomore exam (not part of the course grade)

-final research paper (15pp)--40%

 

Available for purchase at the COOP:

Choderlos de Laclos, Liaisons Dangereuses (Oxford World's Classics)

Paracelsus ed. Jolande Jacobi (Princeton UP)

William Harvey, The Motion of the Heart and the Circulation of the Blood

Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (Norton edition)

Françoise de Graffigny, Letters from a Peruvian woman

Hume, Writings on Religion

Herder and Rousseau on Language

Goethe, Faust (Norton edition)

 

At Harvard Bookstore (with discount if you mention that it's for tutorial in Hist and Lit):

Roger Chartier, The Order of Books

 

Syllabus

 

 

Week I (Feb 1): starting with the end

Reading: Pierre Choderlos de LaClos, Dangerous Liaisons

René Girard, "Triangular desire" in Deceit, desire and the novel (photocopy)

 

MEDICINE (16th-early 17th)

 

Week II (Feb 8): Paracelsus

Reading: Paracelsus, ed. Jolande Jacobi

Ioan Couliano, Eros and magic in the Renaissance

Borges, Labyrinths, "The secret miracle," "The theologians"

 

Week III (Feb 15): Harvey and the circulation of the blood

Reading: William Harvey, The Motion of the Heart and the Circulation of the blood

Charles Webster, "William Harvey and the Crisis of Medicine in Jacobean England," in Jerome Bylebyl, William Harvey and His Age. Turn in topic statement for sophomore essay

 

Week IV (Feb 22): melancholy and Burton

Reading: Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (photocopy)

Klibansky and Panofsky, Saturn and Melancholy (photocopies)

 

LIBERTINISM (17th)

 

Week V (Mar 1):

Reading: Roger Chartier, The Order of Books, available at a discount at Harvard Bookstore (mention this course to get the discount)

Gabriel Naudé, Advice concerning the erecting of a library (1627) (photocopy)

 

Monday March 5: LECTURE BY ROGER CHARTIER

Draft of sophomore paper due 5pm (or at lecture)

 

Week VI (Mar 8): Shakespeare

Reading: Merchant of Venice

James Shapiro, Shakespeare and the Jews "False Jews and counterfeit Christians" and "The Hebrew will turn question"

 

Week VII (Mar 15): libertinism

Reading: Cyrano de Bergerac, Voyage to the Moon, Voyage to the Sun (photocopy)

Maurice Blanchot, "Reading," in The Gaze of Orpheus

 

SOPHOMORE ESSAYS DUE MONDAY MARCH 19: please submit two copies to Julia Termaat in the Hist and Lit Office.

 

Week VIII (Mar 22):

Reading: Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels

secondary source from Norton edition TBA

 

Week IX: SPRING BREAK

 

ENLIGHTENMENT (18th)

 

Week X (Apr 5): fiction (I)

Reading: Françoise de Graffigny, Letters from a Peruvian woman (1747)

+ some secondary source (photocopy)

 

Week XI (Apr 12): philosophy (I)

Reading: Hume, Writings on Religion

 

Week XII (Apr 19): philosophy (II)

Reading: Herder and Rousseau on language

Marc Fumaroli, "The genius of the French language" in Realms of Memory

 

Week XIII (Apr 26):

Reading: Goethe, Faust

+ secondary source TBA

 

Week XIV (May 3): SOPHOMORE EXAM

 

FINAL PAPERS DUE MAY 11

 

May 23 these forms are due at Hist and Lit office:

-updated plan of concentration

-choice of field form

-cumulative bibliography

-request for next year's tutorial

Please also be sure you are working on fulfilling the foreign language requirement (if you haven't already done so).