Humanities 220

Fall 2015 Syllabus

Texts for this course

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre (Oxford)
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: 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 31)

Voltaire, Candide
Diderot, "The Encyclopedia" (e-reserve)
Diderot, Encyclopédie, selected articles (e-reserve)
Diderot, Encyclopédie, selected plates (e-reserve)
Robert Darnton, "The Forbidden Books of Pre-Revolutionary France," from Colin Lucas, ed., Rewriting the French Revolution (e-reserve)

M: Free Candide! (Hugh Hochman)
W: Diderot's Encyclopedia (Luc Monnin)
F: The Invention of Modern Art: Watteau's Shop Sign of Gersaint (William Diebold)

Week 2 (Sep 7)

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

W: What's Neo About Liberalism (Benjamin Lazier)

Week 3 (Sep 14)

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 4 (Sep 21)

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 28)

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)
Olympes de Gouges, "Declaration of the Rights of Woman" (link)
Roger Chartier, "Can Books Cause Revolutions?" (e-reserve)
Harrison, ed., Art in Theory, 1648-1815, pp. 710-730 (e-reserve)
Image Gallery

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

Week 6 (Oct 5)

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

W: Wollstonecraft: Posing the Woman Question (Jay Dickson)

Week 7 (Oct 12)

Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution, chs. 5-7
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)
Lynn Hunt, The French Revolution and Human Rights, selections (e-reserve)
Laurent Dubois and John Garrigus eds., Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, selections (e-reserve)
Laurent Dubois, "Avenging America: the Politics of Violence in the Haitian Revolution" (e-reserve)

M: This Is Not My Beautiful Revolution: Terror and Politics in Revolutionary France (Mary Ashburn Miller)
W: The Best Lecture [I've] Ever [Given] on the Haitian Revolution (Mary Ashburn Miller)


III. Romanticism

Week 8 (Oct 26)

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 (Nov 2)

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

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

Week 10 (Nov 9)

Shelley, Frankenstein

M: Fellow-Creatures: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (Jay Dickson)

IV. Industrial Revolution

Week 11 (Nov 16)

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 23)

Marx, Marx Engels-Reader (selections by instructor)

M: Through His Death We Shall Live: Marx in His Time and Ours (Benjamin Lazier)


Week 13 (Nov 30)

Marx, Marx-Engels Reader (selections by instructor)

Bronte, Jane Eyre

M: How to be a Radical (Jan Mieszkowski)
F: Jane Eyre, A Person of Interest (Jay Dickson)

Week 14 (Dec 7)

Bronte, Jane Eyre