Friday, February 11, 2011

February 14-18 The Enlightenment: Sic et Non

Jane Austen Contra Mundum:
February 14-18

"The greatest university of all is a collection of books." Thomas Carlyle

Exploring Jane Austen's Prose and Characters
17th Century Matters:  Timelines and Events

More Considerations of Jane Austen
The Enlightenment
Events in Britain

Jane Austen and Marriageable Folks
18th Century Wars and Rumors of Wars
Events in Britain

Jane Austen and Manners and Decorum
More 18th Century Wars and Rumors of Wars
Events in Britain

Jane Austen: Against the Enlightenment
Student Reports

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, volume 1, to page 101 must be completed.
Justo Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, Chapters 14 and 21
Jackson Spielvogel, Western Civilization, Scan Chapters 16-17.

Writing Assignments:
In-class Journal Entries
Class Notes
Enlightenment Paper--due Friday

The Enlightenment Paper:  A Descriptive Paper
Freshmen--Juniors will use Gonzalez and Spielvogel to write a one page (typed/doublespaced) paper answering the question:  What was the Enlightenment?
Seniors will use Gonzalez, Spielvogel, and/or Schaeffer to write a one page (typed/double spaced) paper on an Enlightenment Thinker:
Descartes, Rousseau, Hume, or Kant

Quotes About Jane Austen
          First and foremost let Austen be named, the greatest artist that has ever written, using the term to signify the most perfect mastery over the means to her end. There are heights and depths in human nature Miss Austen has never scaled nor fathomed, there are worlds of passionate existence into which she has never set foot; but although this is obvious to every reader, it is equally obvious that she has risked no failures by attempting to delineate that which she has not seen. Her circle may be restricted, but it is complete. Her world is a perfect orb, and vital. Life, as it presents itself to an English gentlewoman peacefully yet actively engaged in her quiet village, is mirrored in her works with a purity and fidelity that must endow them with interest for all time.
George Henry Lewes, 1852, 

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