Humanities 211-01, 3
Western Humanities Tradition: Revolt against Authority
Helen Roulston
Department of English and Philosophy

FH 207
MWF 8:30, 9:30
Office: FH7B 1O
Office Hours: MW 11:30-12:30
TTH 9:00-11:00, T 12:30-2:30
Office Phone: 809-4712
Humanities Website

II. Catalog Description: The Western Humanities Tradition (3). An exploration and analysis of major ideas and questions in the humanities, as these have been expressed in works from the ancient past to the modern world. A student cannot have credit for both this course and HON 251. Prerequisite: ENG 104 or 105 or equivalent.

II. Humanities Objectives:
        1. Engage in critical analysis of presented material,
        2. Demonstrate a familiarity with the world’s historical, literary, philosophical, and artistic traditions
        3. Critically analyze a variety of literary and philosophical works;
        4. Communicate ideas effectively, and
        5. Demonstrate the ability to make informed ethical choices.
IV. Course Objectives:

V. Course Outline: The course readings are divided into three units:
        2. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse positions expressed in the works read in the course;
        3. Critically analyze a variety of literary and philosophical works;
        4. Communicate their understanding of literature and philosophy in both clearly-written essays and/or oral presentations.

Course Outline: The course readings are divided into three units:
        The Ancient World
        The Middle Period
        The Renaissance to the Modern Period.

V. The course as a whole will trace the development of the theme of revolting against authority: pro and con

VI. Instructional Activities: Class activities include discussion of readings and background lectures.

VII. Field, Clinical, and/or Laboratory Experiences: Films and forums are provided. Students are encouraged to use the world and the Internet as their laboratory as well.

VIII. Resources: Students may use computer labs to surf the Internet, which they must cite in their papers, which must be typed. Students are encouraged to communicate with the professor via e-mail about their papers and attendance.

IX. Grading Procedures: There will be 1 content-based exam, plus 2 typed papers, at least 750 words, on interpretive, analytic, or comparative topics.
        Extra papers, including major overhauls of poor essays, may be handed in for extra credit. All essays must be revised. Satisfactory minor revisions will get a check, more extensive revisions a check plus or double plus. Each paper and exam will be counted equally. This unit is 75% of the grade.
        Quizzes and optional extra-credit assignments, such as written evidence of attendance at previously approved university and community events, count a total of 10%. Each quiz and piece of written evidence will count 10 points towards the 10%. Alternatives to missed quizzes may be handed in provided the absences are excused and the professor approves.
        The final exam, both essay and objective, counts 15%.
        Essay grades are based on style, content, organization, spelling and grammatical accuracy, handling of any appropriate research material, as well as promptness. Papers late without excuse will be marked down one step of a grade (e.g., A to A-, B+, etc.) for each class period after the due date.)
        A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69, E=0-59
        Students must complete all the work to receive a passing grade in the course.

X. Attendance Policy: Regular class attendance is vital to academic success.
        The official Humanities absence policy will be enforced. The course grade will be lowered one-third of a letter grade for each unexcused absence over three. To avoid the grade penalty, students must offer plausible excuses, preferably authorized written ones, whenever they miss classes. All students must be aware that missing more than 25% of scheduled class sessions (10 classes) without excuse will result in automatic failure of the course.

XI. Academic Honesty Policy: Students are responsible for following the College of Humanistic Studies policy on academic integrity.
        "Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's material as one's own or doing work for another person which will receive academic credit) are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports or term papers, or the presentation of acknowledged material as if it were the students' own work. Disciplinary action may be taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the course in which the cheating took place." Students are also responsible for the Academic Honesty policy statement in the latest Undergraduate Bulletin.

XII. Texts:
3-volume Bedford Anthology of World Literature
Ibsen, Henrik, A Doll's House
Molière, Tartuffe
Shakespeare, William, Macbeth [Replacing The Tempest]
Stevenson, Robert Louis, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Voltaire, Candide
Some materials are on the Humanities Web Site. See link above.
Some materials related to the texts are on other sites. See links by these texts.

XIII. Prerequisites: English 104, 105, or the equivalents

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W Jan 17 Introduction to the Course

F Jan 19 Introduction to the Ancient World (pp. 1.1-14) Introduction to Homer, Odyssey (Bk. 1) (pp. 1.277-85, 420-434)

M Jan 24 Homer, Odyssey (Bks. 5, 9, 10) (pp. 1.482-494, 529-560)

W Jan 26 Homer, Odyssey (Bks. 11, 12) (pp. 1.560-593)

F Jan 28 Homer, Odyssey (Bks. 19, 21-22) (pp. 1.687-704, 716-743)

M Jan 31 Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (pp. 1.891-897, 899-952)

W Feb 2 Sophocles, Antigone (pp. 1.952-998)

F Feb 4 Aristophanes, Lysistrata (pp. 1.1044-1048, 1049-1082)

M Feb 7 Sappho (pp. 1.791-793); “It’s No Use,” “Sleep, Darling,” “Don’t Ask Me What to Wear,” “Lament for a Maidenhead,” “He Is More than a Hero,” “You Know the Place: Then,” “I Have Not Had One Word from Her” (pp 1.794-798); Catallus (pp. 1.1164-1168); 2. “Sparrow, O, Sweet Sparrow,” 3. “Dress Now in Sorrow, O All,” 5. “Come, Lesbia, Let Us Live and Love,” 11. “Furious, Aurelius,” 51. “He Is Changed to a God,” 101. “Dear Brother, I Have Come” (pp. 1168-1174)

W Feb 9 Plato, Allegory of the Cave (pp. 1.1083-1088, 1111-1116)

F Feb 11 Plato, Apology and Phaedo (pp. 1.1089-1110)

M Feb 14 Aristotle, from Metaphysics and Poetics (pp. 1.1149-1155)

W Feb 16 Hebrew Texts (pp. 1.127-139): Genesis Excerpts (pp. 1.140-161)

F Feb 18 Bhagavad Gita (pp. 1.1488-1511); ESSAY 1 DUE

M Feb 21 Confucius, Analects Excerpts (pp. 1.1591-1600)

W Feb 23 Epicurus, "Letters to a Friend" (pp. 1.1633-1635)

F Feb 25 EXAM


M Feb 28 Introduction to the Middle Ages (pp. 2.2-14); New Testament: Sermon on the Mount (pp. 2.15-27; 1.35-44)

W Mar 2 The Thousand and One Nights Excerpts (pp. 2.435-467); MIDTERM GRADES Due.

F Mar 4 The Art of Courtly Love Excerpts (pp. 2.611-627); Courtly Love Lyrics (pp. 2.628-635): Faraj, “Chastity” (pp. 2.646-647), Ha-Levi, “The Apple” (p. 2.252), Guillaume IX, “Now, When We See the Meadows Once Again” (pp. 2.658-669), De Ventadorn, “My Heart Is so Full of Joy” (pp. 2.661-663)

M Mar 7 Marie de France, “The Lay of Chevrefoil” (pp. 2.670-677); “Lanval” and “Bisclavret” "Lanval"; "Bisclavret"

W Mar 9 Dante, Inferno (pp. 2.678-686) Canto 1 (pp. 2.689-94), Cantos 3-5 (pp. 2.699-713), Cantos 11-13 (pp. 2.735-748)

F Mar 11 Dante, Inferno Cantos 11-13 (pp. 2.735-748); Canto 34 (pp. 2.844-848)


M Mar 21 Boccaccio, The Decameron Excerpts (pp. 2.849-877)

W Mar 23 Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, "General Prologue" (pp. 2.878-904)

F Mar 25 Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, "Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale" (pp. 2.904-932)


M Mar 28 Introduction to Early Modern Period (pp. 3.1-16); Petrarch (pp. 3.67-71), Canzoniere Selected Poems: 1. “Oh, You in These Scattered Rhymes,” 3. “It Was the Very Day,” 148. “Not Tiber” (3.80-83); European Love Lyrics (pp. 3.85-90); Shakespeare, “Sonnets: 18. "Shall I Compare Thee?," 116. "Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds," 129. "Th'Expense of Spirit," 130. "My Mistress' Eyes" (pp. 3. 104-106); Donne, “The Good Morrow,” “A Valediction Forbidding Mourning,” “Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God” (pp. 3.107-113), Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress” (p. 3.115)

W Mar 30 Pico, On the Dignity of Man Excerpts (pp. 3.467-470); Machiavelli, The Prince Excerpts (pp. 3.120-139)

F Apr 1 Cervantes, Don Quixote, pt. 1, ch. 1 (pp. 3.257-266), pt. 1, ch. 8 (3.271-276), pt. 2, ch. 5 (pp. 3.304-308), pt.2, ch. 30 (pp. 3.320-323)

M Apr 4 Shakespeare, Macbeth [Replacing The Tempest] (Acts 1-2)

W Apr 6 Shakespeare, Macbeth [Replacing The Tempest] (Act 3-5)

F Apr 8 Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier Excerpts (pp. 3.171-174)

M Apr 11 Milton, Paradise Lost (pp. 3.575-576); (Bk. 1) Excerpts (pp. 3.576-587)

W Apr 13 Milton, Paradise Lost (Bk. 9) (pp. 3.616-647)


F Apr 16 Molière, Tartuffe; ESSAY 2 DUE

M Apr 18 “Challenging Orthodoxy” (pp. 3.661-665), Copernicus, On the Revolution of Heavenly Bodies Excerpt (pp. 3.684-689); Galileo and Kepler, Correspondence Excerpts (pp. 3.690-694)

W Apr 20 Hobbes, Leviathan Excerpts (Chaps. 13, all; 29, up to “Nor does this happen in monarchy only,” continue with “Nor does this happen in monarchy only” up to “And as false doctrine,” continue with “Lastly, when in a war,” to the end); Locke, Second Treatise on Government Excerpts (Chaps. 2, pars. 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14; 3. pars. 17, 21; 4, pars. 22, 23; 19, pars. 222, 225, 227, 229, 240, 241-243); Jefferson, et al, Declaration of Independence
(Humanities Website)

F Apr 22 Voltaire, Candide, Chapters 1-18 (1-40)

M Apr 25 Voltaire, Candide, Chapters 19-30 (40-77)

W Apr 27 Ibsen, A Doll's House

F Apr 29 Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

M May 2 Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily"; Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"

W May 5 Glaspell, "A Jury of Her Peers"; Jackson, "The Lottery"

F May 6 Camus, "The Guest"; Kasaipwalova, "Betel Nut Juice Is Bad Magic for Airplanes" (Handout); Review

M-F May 9-13 Final Exams, Given During Regular Exam Times.