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. Empire will take us to a variety of settings, including ancient Rome, the clash between Spanish and Inca civilizations, and U.S. imperialism in Asia.
This quarter, we will address the formation and maintenance of the Roman Empire, the concept of “ruins” in painting and film, and the American ideology of Manifest Destiny. We will reflect (among other things) on how empire structures the way we think about “civilization,” otherness, community, legitimacy, property, progress, resistance, and oppression. And we will analyze these ideas in written texts, images, and film.
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
Greenberg, Amy S. Manifest Destiny and American Territorial Expansion. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011. ISBN: 9780312600488
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 (tba)
FALL 2017 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, readings, writing assignments, and special events. The reading assignment for each lecture should be completed before the lecture. The password for downloadable pdfs will be provided to enrolled students.
For information about your writing seminar, please sign in to MyEEE.
|Week 0||No lectures. TuTh seminars do meet on Thursday, 9/28, and MWF seminars do meet on Friday, 9/29.|
Said, “Politics of Knowledge.” Download
Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians ch. 1 (pp. 1-24).
Writer’s Handbook, “Empire and the Humanities.”
Said, Orientalism excerpt (pp. 1-15, 19-23). Download
Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians ch. 2-3 (pp. 25-76).
|10/9, 10/10||Lazo||Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians ch. 4-6 (pp. 76-156).|
|10/11, 10/12||Zissos||Tacitus, Annals XI and Agricola Ch. 29-32. Download||Start Essay 1 Assignment|
|10/18, 10/19||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid, Books 1, 2, 4.||Friday Forum, Oct. 20: Research at the UCI Libraries. View reading.|
|10/23, 10/24||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid, Books 6-7.|
|10/25, 10/26||Zissos||Virgil, Aeneid, Books 10, 12.|
Rousseau, “Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts,” Part 1, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 3-13.
Gandy, Soane’s Bank of England images (gallery)
Forum Reading: Kant, “What is Enlightenment?” Download
|Midterm in seminar||Forum video (2016)|
|11/6, 11/7||Steintrager||Rousseau, “Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts,” Part 2, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 14-25.|
|11/8, 11/9||Steintrager||Rousseau, “Discourse on … Inequality,” Part 1, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 28-69 + notes, pp. 93-117.|
|11/13, 11/14||Steintrager||Rousseau, “Discourse on … Inequality,” Part 2, in Basic Political Writings, pp. 69-92 + notes, pp. 117-20.|
Volney, Ruins of Empires, selections.
Piranesi and Robert images (gallery)
|11/20, 11/21||Steintrager||Cole, Course of Empire paintings (gallery)||Start Essay 2 Assignment|
No lecture on Wednesday, 11/22, but seminars do meet.
No lecture or seminars on Thursday, 11/23: Thanksgiving Holiday.
|11/27, 11/28||Lazo||Greenberg, ed., Manifest Destiny, 41-44, 46-49, 52-54, 78-79, 105-107, 116-119, 149-150 [image].|
|11/29, 11/30||Lazo||Greenberg, ed., Manifest Destiny, pp. 55-57, 120-125, 143-145, 57-59, 63-69, 151-153.|
|12/4, 12/5||Lazo||Iñárritu, The Revenant (film)|
|12/6, 12/7||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.