Humanities 220

Spring 2015 Syllabus

Texts for this course

Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Penguin)
Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (Oxford UP)
Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals (Vintage)
Darwin: Darwin (Norton)
Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Norton)
Gauguin, Noa Noa (Dover)
Freud, The Freud Reader (Norton)
Kafka, The Complete Stories (Schocken/Random House)
Fussell: The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford)
Jünger, Storm of Steel (Penguin)
Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich)
Kracauer, The Salaried Masses (Verso)
Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (Harcourt)
Browning, Ordinary Men (Harper)
Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (Simon & Schuster)
Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism (Monthly Review Press)
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (Vintage)


Week 1 (Jan 26)

  • Flaubert, Madame Bovary

M: Death by Irony / Hugh Hochman

Week 2 (Feb 2)

M: Sign City: Baudelaire's Exile on Main Street / Hugh Hochman
W: No to Nana, or How Manet Flipped his Modernist Finger Back at Paris / Zirwat Chowdhury

Week 3 (Feb 9)

M: Nature's Empire: Darwin and the Study of Man in Context / Mary Miller
W: On the Origins and Ends of Species / Benjamin Lazier

Week 4 (Feb 16)

  • Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals

M: Lessons in Alien Horticulture / Benjamin Lazier

Week 5 (Feb 23)

  • Freud, The Freud Reader (selections)

M: Beyond the Pleasure Principle / Jan Mieszkowski

Week 6 (Mar 2)

M: Conrad, Colonialism, and Narration / Maureen Harkin
W: Gauguin, Conrad, and Colonialism / William Diebold

Week 7 (Mar 9)

  • Kafka, The Complete Stories (selections by instructor)

M: Franz Kafka: Modernism and Displacement / Katja Garloff

Week 8 (Mar 16)

M: An Event Without an Idea: The "Irony" of World War One / Mary Ashburn Miller
W: Lecture on Jünger / Jan Mieszkowski


Week 9 (Mar 30)

M: Clarissa Explains it All / Jay Dickson

Week 10 (April 6)

M: Lecture on Russian Revolution / TBD
W: The Artist, the Constructor, and the Coat Rack / Zirwat Chowdhury

Week 11 (April 13)

  • Siegfried Kracauer, The Salaried Masses
  • Hannah Arendt, Origins of Totalitarianism (selections)

M: The Weimar Republic: Political Culture and Cultural Politics / Benjamin Lazier
W: Totalitarianism, or the Night of the Living Dead / Benjamin Lazier

Week 12 (April 20)

M: The Holocaust and the Limits of Representation / Katja Garloff
W: How to Hate Nazis: Four Suggestions / Benjamin Lazier

Week 13 (April 27)

  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (selections)
  • Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism

M: Lecture on Beauvoir / TBD
W: In Search of a Humanism Made to the Measure of the World: Aimé Césaire's Discourse on Colonialism / Mary Ashburn Miller