Humanities 5: Modern Culture
Office Hours: Tuesday 10-11:30 & Wednesday, 9-10:30 @Galbraith 184 or by appt
Lecture: MWF 11-11:50 @Center 101
- Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, trans. Hollingdale (Penguin)
- Albert Camus, The Plague, trans. Gilbert (Vintage)
- Malcolm X w/ Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Random House)
- Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Norton, 50th Anniversary Edition)
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Text Publishing)
- Weekly Assignments—5%
- Paper 1—20% (Due 5/3)
- Paper 2—30% (Due 5/22)
- Final Exam—35%
- Exam Essay Questions
Students must fulfill all course requirements in order to pass the course.
4/3 — Introduction: The Republic of Conscience
- Seamus Heaney, "From the Republic of Conscience" in Selected Poems 1966-1986 (Course Reserves)
4/5-10 — Reckoning with Capitalism
- Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, §1,2, & 4
4/12-17 — God Is Dead, and We Killed Him
- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science §125
- Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, p123-199
4/19-24 — Modernity, or the Big Letdown
4/26-5/1 — Saving Bodies
- Albert Camus, "Return to Tipasa" (Course Reserves)
- Albert Camus, The Plague
5/3-5 — The Algerian Question
- Albert Camus, Selections from Algerian Chronicles (Course Reserves)
- The Battle of Algiers [Film] (Stream on Course Reserves)
5/8-15 — Claiming Dignity, Equality, & Freedom
- Malcolm X with Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
5/19-24 — Feminism
- Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (Ch 1, 6, 8-12, 14)
5/26-31 — Poetry of Earth & Conscience
- Seamus Heaney, selections from Selected Poems 1966-1987, & Selected Poems 1988-2013, & "Crediting Poetry" in Opened Ground (Course Reserves)
- No Class, Monday, May 29th — Memorial Day
6/2-5 — "In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body"
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
6/7-9 — Marketing Life
- Exit Through the Gift Shop [Film] (Stream on Course Reserves)
6/16 — Final Exam, Friday 11:30-2:30
Complementary Course Materials
Karl Marx & Capitalism Today
- John Lanchester, "Marx at 193," London Review of Books, April 5, 2012
TS Eliot & Modernism
- Poetry attempts to capture the horrors of fighting in WW1: Wilfred Owen, "Dulce et Decorum Est"
- Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring: Radiolab, September 24, 2007 (story begins at 27:40)
- Major source for Eliot: Jessie Weston's From Ritual to Romance
- The Plague today: Prospero, "How 'The Plague' infects the modern political mood," The Economist, April 21, 2017
The Battle of Algiers
- Michael T Kaufman, "What Does the Pentagon See in 'Battle of Algiers'?" New York Times, September 7, 2003
The Feminine Mystique: the conversation continues...
- Anne-Marie Slaughter, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," Atlantic Monthly, July 2012
- Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In (Amazon)
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "We should all be feminists," TED Talk, December 2012 (Book version @Amazon)
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations," The Atlantic Monthly, June 2014
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration," The Atlantic Monthly, October 2015
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "My President Was Black," The Atlantic Monthly, January/February 2017
- Interview by Ezra Klein: "I'm a big believer in chaos," Vox, December 19, 2016
- Lebron James on racism, June 1, 2017 (Youtube)
- James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is now streaming!
Academic Integrity Policy
The UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship must be observed for this course. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following: turning in another student’s paper as if it was your own; collaboration with another student in writing the paper; quoting, paraphrasing, or borrowing ideas from published or unpublished material written by someone other than yourself, without specific acknowledgment of the source. In the Humanities Program, you are to write papers entirely on your own study of the assigned materials, NOT on secondary sources of any kind.
If you need accommodation for disability or religious reasons, please see me as soon as possible so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.
For information about Revelle College’s Humanities Program, including help with writing, administrative information, and schedules, please visit the program’s website.