Temple University Honors English 902 (formerly Honors English 1977)
Isolates: Solitude and Community in Writing, Research, Literature, and Film
Instructor: Prof. Jeff Renye
T/R 1:30 PM - 3:10 PM
Office Location: Anderson 1143
Location: Tuttleman 402
Office Hours: T/R 12 PM - 1 PM and by appointment
): Something isolated; especially something abstracted from its normal context for study.
Select uses of this word for us to consider and work from:
C. L. MORGAN
322 We may call the process…isolation, and the products of the process
we may term isolates.
8 Dec. 889/2 The method of science to search for useful isolates may
easily lead the scientific worker to overlook the reactions of his social environment on his own scientific
D. J. B. HAWKINS
iii. 57 Perhaps it will be best to use the term
, meaning what is
in thought but referring specifically to the factual element which is thus
is an appropriate name for any conceptual object in itself, whether it be a simple
character or a complex of characters.
Oxford English Dictionary
(available via the Temple Databases)
(Jaime Foxx): First time in L.A.?
(Tom Cruise): No. Tell you the truth, whenever I'm here I can't wait to leave. It's too sprawled
out, disconnected. You know? That's me. You like it?
: It's my home.
: 17 million people. This is got to be the fifth biggest economy in the world and nobody knows
each other. I read about this guy who gets on the MTA here, dies.
: Six hours he's riding the subway before anybody notices his corpse doing laps around L.A.,
people on and off sitting next to him. Nobody notices.
I said, ‘The truth is, cathedrals don't mean anything special to me. Nothing. Cathedrals. They're
something to look at on late-night TV
That's all they are.’
It was then that the blind man cleared his throat….Then he said, ‘I get it, bub. It's okay. It happens. Don't
worry about it,’ he said. ‘Hey, listen to me. Will you do me a favor? I got an idea. Why don't you find us
some heavy paper? And a pen. We'll do something. We'll draw one together. Get us a pen and some
heavy paper. Go on, bub, get the stuff,’ he said.
“Cathedral,” Raymond Carver
: Now, try to remember as much as you can about your old life.
: For some reason, I can remember Haku.
.. from a long time ago.
.. but I thought I never met him
: Oh, that's a wonderful place to start! Once you meet someone, you never really forget them.
*Honors English 902 is part of the General Education program at Temple, and fulfills the Analytical
Reading and Writing requirement.
Course topics and goals: