Monday, March 28, 2011

Escaping with Jean Valjean from Javert: March 28--April 1

Pursuing the Poetic Vision of Victor Hugo

Finish Simon Schama's Discussion of the Failures and Successes of the British Empire
Notes on Robert Clive and the Subjugation of India
Background to the French Revolution
Observations from Les Miserables
Begin Simon Schama on "Forces of Nature"
The French Revolution--Earlier Stages
Discussion of Les Miserables
Continue Simon Schama on "Forces of Nature"
The French Revolution--The Radical Stages
Notes on Les Miserables
The French Revolution--Thermidor and Beyond
Key Themes and Character from Les Miserables
Why Britain did not have a French Revolution
Film:  Amazing Grace
Les Miserables
Western Civilization, Chapter 19, pages 528--524
Writing Assignments
Rough Draft of Jane Austen Paper
Rough Draft of "What We Should Learn from the French Revolution"
 "He [the revolutionary] is damned always to do that which is most repugnant to him: to become a slaughterer, to sacrifice lambs so that no more lambs may be slaughtered, to whip people with knouts so that they may learn not to let themselves by whipped, to strip himself of every scruple in the name of a higher scrupulousness, and to challenge the hatred of mankind because of his love for it - an abstract and geometric love."
Paul Johnson, The Spectator"

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