Assignments for the Week of May 16-20
|World War I--1914-1918|
Monday: Mr. House will duly report to court for jury duty today. Your trial is a different one: Read extensively from The Brothers Karamazov. Prepare a report that includes your starting and stopping pages on today's reading. Be prepared to write a short (one or more pages) account tomorrow of the reading you do today.
The official assignment: Book Seven: Alyosha
Tuesday: The Twentieth Century Foretold and Told in Poetry: "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold
An Outline of the 20th Century
Discussion of The Brothers Karamazov
Reading Assignment: Book Eight: Mitya
Wednesday: The Twentieth Century Foretold and Told in Poetry: "The Darkling Thrush" by Thomas Hardy
Events Leading Up to World War I
Brothers Karamazov Discussion Points
Reading Assignment: Book Nine: The Preliminary Investigation
Thursday: The Twentieth Century Foretold and Told in Poetry: "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats
World War I--In Brief
Brothers Karamazov Discussion
Reading Assignment: Continue Book Nine
Friday: The Twentieth Century Foretold and Told in Poetry: "Dulce Et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen
The Russian Revolution
Simon Schama Video--"The Two Winstons"
Quotes from Paul Johnson:
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the Western elites were confident that men and progress were governed by reason. A prime discovery of modern times is that reason plays little part in our affairs.
- from Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Nineties
My grandfather used to say, "Learn to like art, music and literature deeply and passionately. They will be your friends when things are bad". It is true: at this time of year, when days are short and dark, and one hardly dares to open the newspapers, I turn, not vainly either, to the great creators of the past for distraction, solace and help.
- from a Spectator column in January 2005
|Just a Few of Paul Johnson's Great Books|