This year’s cycle of Humanities Core is organized around the theme Empire and Its Ruins, which will emphasize how humans have made sense of the rise and fall of societies and the effects of dominant structures on people who are marginalized. This quarter, we will address the formation and maintenance of the Roman Empire, the concept of “ruins” in Enlightenment-era philosophy and visual art, and the impact of the American ideology of Manifest Destiny on indigenous communities. We will reflect on how empire structures the way we think about “civilization,” otherness, community, legitimacy, property, progress, resistance, and oppression by analyzing these ideas in written texts, images, and film.
FALL 2018 REQUIRED MATERIALS
Books will be available at the bookstore. Important: The course requires the specific editions listed.
Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians. Penguin, 1982. ISBN: 9780140061109
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. The Basic Political Writings. Translated and edited by Donald Cress. Hackett, 2011. ISBN: 9781603846738
Virgil. Aeneid. Translated by Robert Fagles. Penguin Classics deluxe ed., 2006/2008. ISBN: 9780143105138
Humanities Core Writer’s Handbook: Empire and Its Ruins, 2018-19. Edited by Tamara Beauchamp and Larisa Castillo. XanEdu, 2018. ISBN: 9781593994983. [Available as “Human 1a Coursepack” only at the university bookstore]
FALL 2018 LECTURE CALENDAR
Students in Humanities Core enroll in a lecture and in a corresponding writing seminar. This calendar (subject to change) provides information about the lecturing faculty, reading and viewing assignments, and special events such as Friday Forums. The reading or viewing assignment for each lecture should be completed before the lecture. The password for downloadable pdfs will be provided to enrolled students. When lecture slides are available for a particular lecture, a link to download them will be provided.
For information about your writing seminar, please sign in to EEE+ Canvas once the quarter begins.
|Week 0||No lectures. TuTh seminars do meet on Thursday, 9/27, and MWF seminars do meet on Friday, 9/28.|
Said, “Politics of Knowledge.” Download
Lazo, “Empire and the Humanities” (Writer’s Handbook)
Said, Introduction to Orientalism Download
Marquéz, “What’s in the ‘x’ of Latinx?” (online)
|Oct. 5: Optional Blog Setup Workshops, 9am and 11am, location TBA|
|10/8, 10/9||Zissos||Tacitus, Annals XI and Agricola Ch. 29-32. Download|
Knox, “Introduction” to the Aeneid, pp. 1-3, 11-36
Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1 and 2
|Oct. 12 Friday Forum: Research at the UCI Libraries, 9am and 11am, BS3 1200|
|10/15, 10/16||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid, Books 4, 6, and 7|
|10/17, 10/18||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid, Books 8, 10, and 12|
|10/22, 10/23||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid (holistic engagement)|
|10/24, 10/25||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid (holistic engagement)|
Rousseau, “Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts,” Part 1, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 3-13.
Gandy, A Bird’s-eye View of the Bank of England (Image gallery)
Rousseau, “Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts,” Part 2, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 14-25.
|11/5, 11/6||Steintrager||Rousseau, “Discourse on … Inequality,” Part 1, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 27-69 + Note vi pp. 97-98 + & Note xv pp. 117|
|11/7, 11/8||Steintrager||Rousseau, “Discourse on … Inequality,” Part 2, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 69-92 + Note xvi pp. 117-119|
|11/12, 11/13||No lecture Monday (Veteran’s Day) or Tuesday. Tuesday seminars will meet.|
Piranesi and Robert images (Image gallery)
|11/19, 11/20||Steintrager||Cole, Course of Empire paintings (Image gallery)|
No lecture on Wednesday, 11/21, but seminars do meet.
No lecture or seminars on Thursday, 11/22: Thanksgiving Holiday.
|11/26, 11/27||Lazo||Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians|
Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians
Anzaldúa, “The Homeland, Aztlán” (Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 23-35) Download
Iñárritu, The Revenant (online film — You must use your @uci.edu login.)
Black Hawk, “Encroachment by White Settlers”; Pathiñ-Nañpaji, “An Encounter”; Zenas Leonard, “A Fur Trapper’s View” Download
|12/5, 12/6||Lazo||Zitkala-Ša “Impressions of an Indian Childhood,” “Schooldays.” Download|
Final Exams will be held in seminar classrooms and scheduled according to seminar class times.