Humanities 220

Modern European Humanities

Fall 2016 Syllabus

Texts for this course

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre (Oxford)
Kant, Immanuel. Basic Writings (Modern Library)
Lessing, Nathan the Wise (Bedford)
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: the 1818 Text, ed. Butler (Oxford)
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 (Aug 29)

  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Lessing, Nathan the Wise
  • M: Free Candide! (Hugh Hochman)
  • W: How to be a Modern Human (Benjamin Lazier)
  • F: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Luc Monnin)

Week 2 (Sep 5)

  • Diderot, "The Encyclopedia" (e-reserve)
  • Diderot, Encyclopédie, selected articles (e-reserve)
  • Diderot, Encyclopédie, selected plates (e-reserve)
  • Diderot, "Salon of 1763" (excerpts) in Harrison et al., Art in Theory, 602-608 (e-reserve)
  • Winckelmann, "Reflections on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture" (excerpts) in Harrison et al., Art in Theory, 450-456 (e-reserve)
  • Greuze and Fragonard Image Gallery
  • W: Greuze and Fragonard (William Diebold)

Week 3 (Sep 12)

  • Adam Smith, The Essential Adam Smith (selections by instructor)
  • M: What's Neo About Liberalism (Benjamin Lazier)

Week 4 (Sep 19)

  • Rousseau, Political Writings (selections by instructor)
  • Rousseau, "Letter to Geneva" (e-reserve)
  • M: Loving Me: Rousseau and the Difficulty of Being With Others (Benjamin Lazier)

Week 5 (Sep 26)

  • Kant, Basic Writings (selections by instructor)
  • M: Kant and the Problem of Freedom (Katja Garloff)

II. French Revolution

  • Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution, chs. 1-3
  • Abbe Sieyes, "What is the Third Estate" (e-reserve)
  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (e-reserve)
  • W: Becoming a Revolutionary (Mary Ashburn Miller)

Week 6 (Oct 3)

  • Edmund Burke, selections (e-reserve)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman (author's introduction, chs. 1-3, 9)
  • Olympes de Gouges, "Declaration of the Rights of Woman" (link)
  • W: Posing the Woman Question (Jay Dickson)

Week 7 (Oct 10)

  • Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution, chs. 4-5
  • Robespierre, "On Political Morality" (e-reserve)
  • Robespierre, "Report on Religions and Moral Ideas and Republican Principles" (e-reserve)
  • "The Revolutionary Calendar" (e-reserve)
  • Primary Texts on David and the Academy (excerpts) in Harrison, ed., Art in Theory, 1648-1815, pp. 710-730 (e-reserve)
  • Image Gallery
  • M: This Is Not My Beautiful Revolution: Terror and Politics in Revolutionary France (Mary Ashburn Miller)
  • W: Jacques-Louis David and the Revolution (William Diebold)


III. Romanticism

Week 8 (Oct 24)

  • Wordsworth, Major Works ("Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey"; "The Old Cumberland Beggar"; "Michael"; "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"; "Lines Written in Early Spring")
  • J. Barrell, "John Constable," The Dark Side of the Landscape, 131-64, 174-6 (e-reserve)
  • Image Gallery
  • M: On the Subject of Wordsworth (Hugh Hochman)
  • W: Constable and the Meaning of Landscape (William Diebold)

Week 9 (Oct 31)

  • Joseph Leo Koerner, Caspar David Friedrich and the Subject of Landscape, 7-20; 29-36; 189-197; 210-228; and 269-283 (bookstore and three-hour reserve only; NO e-reserve)
  • Image Gallery
  • Hoffmann, "The Sandman" (e-reserve)
  • M: Friedrich and the Meaning of Landscape (William Diebold)
  • W: What is Romanticism? (Jan Mieszkowski)

Week 10 (Nov 7)

  • Shelley, Frankenstein
  • M: Fellow-Creatures (Jay Dickson)

IV. Industrial Revolution

Week 11 (Nov 14)

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

Week 12 (Nov 21)

  • Marx, Marx Engels-Reader (selections by instructor)
  • M: Through His Death We Shall Live (Benjamin Lazier)


Week 13 (Nov 28)

  • Marx, Marx-Engels Reader (selections by instructor)
  • Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • M: How to be a Radical (Jan Mieszkowski)

Week 14 (Dec 5)

  • Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • M: A Person of Interest (Jay Dickson)