Humanities 220

Fall 2014 Syllabus

Texts for this course

Dickens, Hard Times
Kant, Immanuel. Basic Writings (Modern Library)
Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. The Marx-Engels Reader (Norton)
Popkin, Jeremy D. A Short History of the French Revolution (Prentice-Hall)
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Political Writings (Norton)
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein (Penguin)
Smith, Adam.  The Essential Adam Smith (Norton)
Voltaire. Candide (Bedford)
Wollstonecraft, Mary. Vindication of the Rights of Woman (Penguin)
Wordsworth, William. The Major Works


I. Enlightenment

Week 1 (Sep 2)

Voltaire, Candide
Diderot, "The Encyclopedia" (e-reserve)
Diderot, Encyclopédie, selected articles (e-reserve)
Diderot, Encyclopédie, selected plates (e-reserve)

W: How to be a Modern Human (Benjamin Lazier)
F: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Luc Monnin)

Week 2 (Sep 8)

Adam Smith, The Essential Adam Smith (selections by instructor)

M: Economics and Sentiment (Maureen Harkin)

Week 3 (Sep 15)

Rousseau, Political Writings (selections by instructor)
Rousseau, "Letter to Geneva" (e-reserve)

M: Loving Me: Rousseau and the Promise of Republicanism (Benjamin Lazier)

Week 4 (Sep 22)

Kant, Basic Writings (selections by instructor)

M: Kant and the Problem of Freedom (Katja Garloff)
W: Autonomy and its Discontents (Jan Mieszkowski)

II. French Revolution

Week 5 (Sep 30)

Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution, chs. 1-4
Abbe Sieyes, "What is the Third Estate" (e-reserve)
Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (e-reserve)
Roger Chartier, "Can Books Cause Revolutions?" (e-reserve)
Robert Darnton, "The Forbidden  Books of Pre-Revolutionary France," from Colin Lucas, ed., Rewriting the French Revolution (e-reserve)
Cahier of the Clergy of Blois & Romorantin (online)
Cahier of the Nobility of Blois (online)
Cahier of the Third Estate of Versailles (online)
Cahier of the Parisian Flower-sellers, in Peter McPhee, ed., The French  Revolution  Sourcebook, pp. 13-15. (e-reserves)
Harrison, ed., Art in Theory, 1648-1815, pp. 602-626, 701-705, 718-730 (e-reserve)
Image Gallery

M: Becoming a Revolutionary (Mary Ashburn Miller)
W: Jacques-Louis David and the Revolution (William Diebold)

Week 6 (Oct 6)

Edmund Burke, selections (e-reserve)
Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman (author's introduction, chs. 1-3, 9)

M: Burke: Containing Revolution (Maureen Harkin)
W: Wollstonecraft: From Vilification to Vindication (Lena Lencek)

Week 7 (Oct 13)

Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution, chs. 5-7
Popkin, 59-62, 100-103, 109-110, 114.
Robespierre, "On Political Morality" (e-reserve)
Robespierre, "Report on Religions and Moral Ideas and Republican Principles" (e-reserve)
"The Revolutionary Calendar" (e-reserve)
Chaumette, "Terror is the Order of the Day" (online)
Laurent Dubois and John Garrigus eds., Slave Revolution in the Caribbean (Boston: Bedford, 2006), 86-93. (e-reserve)
Jean-Baptiste Belley, "True Colors of the Planters, or the System of the Hotel Massiac (1795)," 144-147 (online)
The Haitian Declaration of Independence (1804) (online)

M: This Is Not My Beautiful Revolution: Terror and Politics in Revolutionary France (Mary Ashburn Miller)
W: Vodoun and the Spirits of the Haitian Revolution (Zirwat Chowdhury)


III. Romanticism

Week 8 (Oct 27)

Wordsworth (selections by instructor)
Image Gallery

M: On the Subject of Wordsworth (Hugh Hochman)
W: Constable and the Meaning of Landscape (William Diebold)

Week 9 (Nov 3)

Hoffmann, "The Sandman" (e-reserve)
Joseph Leo Koerner, Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape (e-reserve)
Image Gallery

M: What is Romanticism? (Jan Mieszkowski)
W: Friedrich and the Meaning of Landscape (William Diebold)

Week 10 (Nov 10)

Shelley, Frankenstein

M: The Gothic Novel and the Sublime (Maureen Harkin)

IV. Industrial Revolution

Week 11 (Nov 17)

Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England, selections (e-reserve)
Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor, selections (Vol. 1: e-reserve) (Vols. 2-4: e-reserve)
William Whewell, "The General Bearing of the Great Exhibition on the Progress of Art and Science" (e-reserve) Jeffrey Auerbach, The Great Exhibition of 1851: A Nation on Display (Commerce and Culture: e-reserves) (Integration and Segregation: e-reserves).
Lara Kriegel, "Narrating the Subcontinent in 1851: India at the Crystal Palace," in The Great Exhibition of 1851: New Interdisciplinary Essays, 146-178 (e-reserves)

M: Classifying Class: Mayhew, Engels, and Labor in England's Industrial Revolution (Mary Ashburn Miller)
W: The Queen and the Prince Consort Went to the Great Exhibition of 1851, and All I Got Was This Lousy Modernity (Jay Dickson)

Week 12 (Nov 24)

Marx, Marx Engels-Reader (selections by instructor)

M: Marx in His Time and Ours (Benjamin Lazier)


Week 13 (Dec 1)

Marx, Marx-Engels Reader (selections by instructor)
Charles Dickens, Hard Times

M: How to be a Radical (Jan Mieszkowski)
W: Labor and Language in Dickens' Hard Times (Maureen Harkin)

Week 14 (Dec 9)

Dickens, Hard Times