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Conversations of the West: Antiquity and the Nineteenth Century "Humans and the Natural World" New York University, Spring 2007 V55.0404 (028) T-TH 2:00-3:15, SILV 408 INSTRUCTOR Prof. Jennifer Baker, Dept. of English 19 University Place, 5th floor [email protected] office hours: T 3:30-5:00 and by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION This course examines Western conceptions of the relation between humans and the natural world. We will consider how 19th-century thinkers embraced, revised, and rejected ancient ideas about creation, natural order, the distinction between humans and animals, and the risks and rewards of probing nature's mysteries. PRECEPTORS AND SECTIONS Joanna Holzman [email protected] 029: F 9:30-10:45, WAVE 370 030: F 11:00-12:15, 25 W4 C-13 Zach Holbrook [email protected] 031: M 8:00-9:15, 145F 210 032: M 9:30-10:45, SILV 501 BOOKS (available at the NYU Bookstore) Aeschylus. Prometheus Bound (Oxford) Aristotle. De Anima (On the Soul) (Penguin) Augustine. Confessions (Oxford) Darwin, Charles. Origin of Species (Penguin) English Victorian Poetry (Dover) Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust, Part I (Oxford) Hardy, Thomas. Hardy's Selected Poems (Dover) Homer. The Odyssey (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Nietzsche, Friedrich. On the Genealogy of Morality (Cambridge) Oxford Study Bible (Oxford) Plato. Phaedo (Oxford) --. Timaeus and Critaeus (Penguin) Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, 1818 Edition (Norton) Wells, H.G. The Time Machine (Dover) ELECTRONIC TEXTS (available on Blackboard) Aristotle, Book 1, On the Parts of Animals
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Byron, George Gordon, Lord. "Prometheus" Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Plato" and Nature Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. "Prometheus" Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "The Artist of the Beautiful," "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "The Birth-mark" COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND POLICIES: Attendance and Participation
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