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HUMA 2301

HUMA 2301, "Further Readings in Western Culture," resumes the study of foundational Western texts from the fall semester. The course meets for three hours a week to draw on knowledge of ancient literatures, turning to texts dating from the fourteenth century through the twentieth century.

HUMA 2301 acknowledges the enduring influence of the ancient world and describes the ways in which ancient ideas have evolved over the course of the past six centuries. In particular, the course focuses on the process of creation/the creative process; human alienation from the natural world and self-alienation; and the tensions between scientific rationalism (reason) and belief (emotion).


  1. Dante: Inferno (Hackett)
  2. Milton: Paradise Lost (Modern Library)
  3. Shelley: Frankenstein (Penguin)
  4. Goethe: The Sorrows of Young Werther (Penguin)
  5. Austen: Persuasion (Penguin)
  6. Darwin: On the Origin of Species (LION Literature on Line database available through Coates Library)
  7. Marx: Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts,
  8. Excerpt notes of 1844
  9. Dostoyevsky: Notes from Underground (Vintage)
  10. Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents (Norton)
  11. Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin)
  12. Scott (dir.): Blade Runner

Lecturers (in order of appearance):

TBA Spring 2017

Course Schedule

MWF: 11:30-12:20

Lecture: Mondays, 11:30 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. 
Seminar: Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:30 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.