COMING INTO ONE'S OWN



 
 
 

USEM 27B

Instructor:
Professor Andreas Teuber
teuber@binah.cc.brandeis.edu

Department of Philosophy
BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
Waltham, Massachusetts 02554
Tel: 781-736-2788
Rabb 306

Office Hours:
Tuesday & Fridays 3:00-4:00 PM
and by appointment

Writing Lab
Stacie Slotnick
slotnick@BINAH.CC.BRANDEIS.EDU
Department of English
Tel: To be announced
Rabb 369
Office Hours: To be announced

   Course Description

   Course Requirements

    Texts

   Texts Online

   Author Biographies & Links

   Web Resources

   Reading List Online

   Course Syllabus
 
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

       Much of the literature of the early modern period can be read as an attempt to give meaning to human activities whose reference points were no longer fixed in a stable system of deference and authority, to transform the villains and vagabonds who first appeared along the highways and in the rapidly expanding cities of 15th and 16th century Europe into prototypes of humanity itself.

  With the collapse of the old imagery of "hierarchy" and "harmony" these new "individuals," cut loose from their social moorings, set adrift from their rural estates, without a master or secure social place, needed new symbols and images to orient them in the world.

  How is a person to act in a world without definite limits or the benefit of fixed principles?

  The course will examine the problems of acting in a world where the outward signs denoting inner life are no longer believed to be adequate.
 
 

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS


 
 

Class Times

 The course will meet on Tuesdays, and Fridays from 10:40 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Reading


     The Reading for the course is blocked out week by week in the   Syllabus  below. Primary Texts are available in the University Bookstore. In every instance the least expensive paperback was ordered. Ten texts are available in dover Thrift editions for One Dollar apiece (Amazon.Com Online and The New England Book Fair in Newton has these same texts for 80 cents each); two texts, HUCKLEBERRY FINN and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, may be purchased for Two Dollars apiece (One Dollar and Sixty Cents at Amazon.Com and The New England Book Fair). Although a number of the texts are available online (see   Texts Online  below), it is useful to have your own copies. The texts are on display at   USEM 27b Reading List Online.

Writing

     Four  papers are required on topics growing out of the readings and class discussions. The papers should be about 5 pages in length, preferably typewritten. Paper topics will be available at least ten (10) days before a paper is due. It is wise to make a copy of a paper before handing in the original. If you are working on a computer, make a back-up.

USEM Logs (Journals)

     You  shall also be asked to keep a log or journal throughout the semester.  The log should not be used for note-taking or for  jotting down quotations or for making commentaries on the readings (although you may wish to use a separate note-book for these tasks), but should be reserved exclusively to give and develop your own answers to certain basic questions on human rights issues.  Questions will arise throughout the semester, questions for which there may not necessarily be any, easy or obvious answer, and these questions will be singled-out and identified as questions for the logs.  Arrangements shall also be made to have these questions ON LINE and to make it possible for anyone in the class to put their answers on a BULLETIN BOARD as well as the opportunity to comment upon and respond to readings and to the answers and commentaries of other students in the class. I have already created a Bulletin Board for the course which is located on the Internet at http://www.brandeis.edu:8900. Once you have found the course number (USEM 27B), you will need to create your own account and your own password to gain access.

Examinations

 There will be a short-answer quiz in class towards the end of the semester.  There will be no other written examinations, final or otherwise.

Grading

     Grading will be broken down as follows: 30% for your strongest essay, 25% and 20% for your next best efforts respectively, and 15% for the essay which is least successful of the four. Participation in class discussion and/or on the Bulletin Board will count for 5% and the quiz will make up for the remaining 5%.

Attendance

Attendance is required.  You are allowed two unexcused absences.  Any further absences will have an impact on your final grade.

Office Hours

     I shall hold office hours from 3:00 to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays and Fridays and by appointment. My office is located in RABB, Room 306 (Tel. 736-2787).

Messages

      If you wish to leave messages for me, you may do so on my Voice Mail at 736-2787 or my e-mail address: TEUBER@binah.cc.brandeis.edu.
 

 

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TEXTS


 

Primary texts will be available at the University Book Store:
 

         A number of the texts fot the course are also available on the Web. Where this is the case, I have entered a link to the text in the Syllabus. A complete list of texts available on the Web are listed under Texts Online. I have also set up links to various sites on the Internet for each of the authors whose work we shall be reading in the course. If you click on the name of one of the authors above, you will be forwarded to the relevant page for that particular author. From time to time I shall pass out handouts or selections from texts or establish links to sites that may help us come to grips with the subject matter of the course. several pages have already been created. The short essay by Francis Bacon is already Online and several other Handdouts as well:
I have also created several pages with links to a variety of sites that may help you - in some more measure - with your writing:

Writing Aids and Resources on the Internet


 
 
 

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TEXTS ONLINE

 The following texts are available on the WEB. Please be careful to note any and all copyright information that accompanies any one of these texts. The present "Fair Use" provision of the Copyright Law does permit you to read all of these texts Online and in many, if not all instances, to download the text for your own personal use.
 
 
(1) THE PRINCE 
by Niccolo Machiavelli
(8)  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
  by Jane Austen
(2)  HAMLET
  by William Shakespeare
 (9)  DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE
  by Robert Louis Stevenson
(3)  THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
  by Edgar Alan Poe
(10)  BARTLEBY: THE SCRIVINER
  Herman Melville
(4)  RAMEAU NEPHEW (in French)
  by Denis Diderot
(11)  THE DOUBLE
  by Fyodor Dostoevsky
(5) METAPHYSICS OF MORALS
   by Immanuel Kant
(12)  THE LADY AND HER DOG
  by Anton Chekhov
(6)  SELF-RELIANCE
  by Ralph Waldo Emerson
(13)  FRANKENSTEIN
  by Mary Shelley
(7)  HUCKLEBERRY FINN
  by Mark Twain
(14)  THE HEART OF DARKNESS
  by Joseph Conrad


 

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES & LINKS


 
 

BIOGRAPHIES

LINKS


 

 

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SYLLABUS

COMING INTO ONE'S OWN

The Making of Modern Identity
Professor Andreas Teuber
Spring 1999



 
 
 
 
 

Part I

WEEK 1
September 2
Introduction and Organization
WEEK 2
September7th
Appearance and Being
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE (Text Online)
September 10th Self-Images of the Modern Age
Machiavelli, THE PRINCE (Text Online)
WEEK 3
September 14th
"The Thing's To Do"
Shakespeare, HAMLET (Text Online) nbsp;
September17th A Double Life?
Shakespeare, HAMLET (Text Online)

Revenge as Comic Tragedy
Poe, "THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO (Text Online)
Bacon, ON REVENGE (Class Handout Online) nbsp;

Paper topics for the first paper will be handed out on Friday,
September the 17th. The paper is due on Tuesday, September the 28th, in class.
 

WEEK 4
September 21st
Discussion week
Class will not meet on Tuesday (Brandeis Monday).
September 24th Discussion

Part II


WEEK 5
September 28th
The Death of Virtue
Diderot, RAMEAU'S NEPHEW (French Text Online)

First Paper is due on Tuesday, February 16th, in class.

October 1st Freedom and Self-Consciousness
Diderot, RAMEAU'S NEPHEW (French Text Online)
WEEK 6
October 5th
Resurrecting Morality
Kant, GROUNDWORK FOR A METAPHYSICS OF MORALS (Text Online)
October 8th Pulling Oneself Up By One's Own Bootstraps
Kant, GROUNDWORK FOR A METAPHYSICS OF MORALS (Text Online)
WEEK 7
October 12th
A Manner of Truly Speaking
Austen, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Text Online)
October 15th The Value of Intelligence and Wit
Austen, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Text Online)
WEEK 8
October 19th
The Dangers "of" as opposed to "in" Society
Twain, HUCKLEBERRY FINN (Text Online)
Chapters I-XV
October 22nd Lighting Out for the Territory
Twain, HUCKLEBERRY FINN (Text Online)
Chapters XVI-"The Last"

Looking Out for Number One
Emerson, SELF-RELIANCE (Text Online)

Paper topics for the second paper will be handed out on Friday,
October the 22nd. The paper is due on Tuesday, November the 2nd, in class.
 

Part III

WEEK 9
October 26th
The Theatricality of Everyday Life
Goffman, THE PRESENTATION OF SELF 
Introduction and Chapter 1, pp. 7-76
October 29th Alone with No Excuses
Sartre, EXISTENTIALISM & HUMAN EMOTIONS 
pp. 9-76.
WEEK 10
November 2nd
On Being and Nothingness
Goffman, THE PRESENTATION OF SELF 
pp. 208-237

Sartre, BAD FAITH (Class Handout Online) nbsp;
and PLAY-ACTING (ClassHandout Online) nbsp;

The Second Paper is due on Tuesday, November the 2nd, in class.

WEEK 11
November 9th
Monstrosity and the Social Order
Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN (Text Online)
November 12th Self and Other
Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN (Text Online)
Paper Topics for the third paper will be handed out on Friday.
It is due on Tuesday, November 23rd, in class
WEEK 12
November16th
A Second Self?
Dostoevsky, THE DOUBLE (Text Online)
November19th Dark Twins
Stevenson, DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (Text Online)

Part IV

WEEK 13
November 23rd
Double Trouble
Melville, BARTLEBY, THE SCRIVINER (Text Online)

Chekhov, THE LADY AND HER DOG(Text Online)

The Third Paper is due in class on Tuesday, November 23rd.

No Class on Friday: Thanksgiving Recess.

WEEK 14
November 30th
The Other Half
Conrad, HEART OF DFARKNESS (Text Online)
December 3rd East Meets West
Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY 

There will be a quiz in class on Friday, December 3rd.

Paper topics for the fourth paper will be handed
out on Friday, December 3rd, after the quiz. The fourth and
final paper is due on Monday, December13th by 4:30 PM in
the Philosophy Department Main Office in Rabb 305.

WEEK 15
December 7th
Discussion
Tuesday is the last day of class for the Fall Semester
WEEK 16
May 4th
Final Paper
The fourth and final paper is due on Monday, December 13th by
4:30 PM in the Philosophy Department Main Office in Rabb 305.