In so doing, Hyde reminds us that the two worlds were indivisible even in the mind of Thoreau. To separate what we call 'human nature' from what we call 'the natural world' has always been the work of sophistry, never a reflection of the truth. After the excellent, often fascinating annotations, which are presented in the back of the volume the essays appear in clear-text form , the most valuable component of the volume is Hyde's insightful forty-three-page introduction, titled 'Prophetic Excursions. This thoughtfully-edited gathering of Thoreau's essays will surely be of great interest both to Thoreauvians and to readers approaching his work for the first time.
Hyde's volume is a well-chosen, handsome collection of essays with a splendid introduction. Robert D. The Newark Star Ledger. Convert currency.
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In this seminar we will study the double life of memory and forgetting by surveying ancient mythology and philosophy Hesiod, Homer, Plato, Aristotle the tension between oral and written literature, the rhetorical tradition of memory palaces Cicero and others , the Christian Middle Ages Saint Augustine , and finally some modern theorists Nietzsche, Foucault and practitioners Proust and Nabokov. This counts toward the approaches to literary study or the post requirements for the major.
Permission of instructor required. A confidence man is not necessarily a crook; he is simply someone in the business of creating belief. Abraham Lincoln, rallying the nation to the Union cause, was a confidence man in the good sense; P. Barnum, charging people to see his "Fejee Mermaid," was a con man of the shadier sort. But how exactly do we tell the difference between the two? More broadly, how does the story someone tells, and the way that it is told, lead us to believe or to disbelieve? This course will focus on 18th- and 19th-century writers who both shaped and disturbed American confidence: Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, P.
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The term "confidence man" was invented in the United States. It is apt then that we read our own tradition, asking as we go: What is the American story? Why do we believe it? And what is our "art of reading" such that we might know when belief is warranted and when it isn't? This counts toward the requirement.
Individual study in English is a privilege reserved for senior majors who want to pursue a course of reading or complete a writing project on a topic not regularly offered in the curriculum. Because individual study is one option in a rich and varied English curriculum, it is intended to supplement, not take the place of, coursework, and it cannot normally be used to fulfill requirements for the major.
An IS will earn the student 0. To qualify to enroll in an individual study, a student must identify a member of the English department willing to direct the project. In consultation with that faculty member, the student must write a one-to two page proposal for the IS that the department chair must approve before the IS can go forward. Students should also briefly describe any prior coursework that particularly qualifies them for their proposed individual studies.
The department expects IS students to meet regularly with their instructors for at least one hour per week, or the equivalent, at the discretion of the instructor.
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The amount of work submitted for a grade in an IS should approximate at least that required, on average, in level English courses. In the case of group individual studies, a single proposal may be submitted, assuming that all group members will follow the same protocols. Because students must enroll for individual studies by the seventh class day of each semester, they should begin discussion of their proposed individual study well in advance, preferably the semester before, so that there is time to devise the proposal and seek departmental approval before the established deadline.
New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, Visit his website at lewishyde. Introduction to Literature and Language. Introduction to Literature and Language ENGL Each section of these first-year seminars approaches the study of literature through the exploration of a single theme in texts drawn from a variety of literary genres such as tragedy, comedy, lyric poetry, epic, novel, short story, film and autobiography and historical periods. Introduction to Poetry Writing ENGL This course begins with two premises: 1 that students of the craft of poetry should be challenged to write in as many different ways as possible and 2 that students are individual writers with different needs and goals.
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Advanced Creative Nonfiction ENGL Students in this workshop will write imaginative nonfiction in any of its many forms and will write and revise one or more pieces to produce pages over the course of the semester. The Arts of Memory ENGL Memory is the mother of the muses because, as Vladimir Nabokov once noted, all art must work with materials that Mnemosyne, with mysterious foresight has stored up and made available. Individual Study ENGL Individual study in English is a privilege reserved for senior majors who want to pursue a course of reading or complete a writing project on a topic not regularly offered in the curriculum.
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