LS 800: Reflections on Reason and Passion I
Fall 2014 | Dr. Sasha Colby
This course will explore a variety of texts - both written and visual - that in some way address the relationship between passion and reason, action and thought, desire and restraint and, in this sense, help us define the central tensions of experience. While some consideration has been given to chronology, our major focus will be the feelings and behaviours of being human and the images and themes that have been used to represent this experience from ancient cultures to the present moment.
Week 1 Sappho, Poetry
Rumi, Love is a Stranger
Week 2 Sophocles, Antigone
Leaky Heaven Circus, Antigone Undone
Week 3 Euripides, The Medea
Atwood, The Robber Bride
Week 4 Bible - Genesis
Rohinton Mistry, "Journey to Dharmsala"
Guest Speaker from Special Collections on the Wayang
Kulit Collection of Shadow Puppets
Week 5 Walter Pater, The Renaissance
Robert Browning, "Fra Lippo Lippi"
John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice
William Morris, "Useful Work versus Useless Toil"
Week 6 Ezra Pound, "The Malatesta Cantos"
Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Painter of Battles
Week 7 Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
H.D. Selected Poems
Saturday: Titus, Julie Taymor, dir.
Week 8 Sigmund Freud, "Civilization and its Discontents"
"A Note Upon the Mystic Writing Pad"
Week 9 Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler
Henry James, Daisy Miller
Week 10 Plato, Phaedrus
Thomas Mann, Death in Venice
Week 11 Lucretius
Week 12 Rousseau, "Reveries of a Solitary Walker"
Shelley, "Triumph of Life"
Shelley, "On Life"
Week 13 Reflections and Re-tellings