- 1-3-5: 9-11:30 A.M.
and by appointment. I am often in my office beyond my office hours, so
check by at other times. You may also contact me by leaving a message on
my voice mail (2394) or sending me an email
- 100 Books from our
Great Books List.
- WWW sites for biographical information and select
secondary literature about our authors and their works. Here's a site in
Canada dealing with great works:
Great Works Information
- About 100 great works from several world traditions
from the oldest Hebrew Scriptures to living Nobel Prize winners.
- Works read according to several of the following
themes: Identity; The Experience of the Artist; God and Transcendence; Death and
Looking Back on Life; The Afterlife. Seminar members have a
role in determining the schedule of readings for each theme.
- Applying the ideas and moral debates within the
works to how we live our own lives.
- An extensive summer reading project before the
- One or two works from our
list each week during the
- Discussions at several interpretive levels:
personal, one-on-one relations, communal and national, international and
global, cosmic and God-centered.
By the end of this seminar, you will
- have read and discussed a wide range of great
works from countries worldwide.
- have an understanding of how these works
interrelate thematically and chronologically and know something about
their place in the history of ideas.
- have a personal library of some 100 great works for
the sake of lifelong reading.
demonstrate proficiency in the use of
approaches used to discuss
and write about great works of literature and social thought, including
the following approaches: narratological, structural, new historical,
reader response, genre-historical, biographical, deconstructionist,
gender-centered and ethical.
have memorized about seven passages which you
regard as particularly meaningful.
understand the importance of reading
great books for life-long learning. See my article on this topic,
A Jesting Pilate: The Great Books and Today's Students.
- Readings according to the mutually agreed upon schedule.
As is common in upper-division honors courses, students have a role in
determining the schedule of readings and course activities.
Frequent e-mail essays on works we are
reading as preparation for seminar discussions.
These can be read
by seminar members at All Public Folders > Academic >
Honors > Mark Thamert courses
> HONR 311 -- Spring 2005.
Group Book Report in
some work not covered in seminar discussion.
Term paper on two or
more works we have covered.
Learning by heart
quotes from seven authors. These quotes may serve as your life
talismans, quotes which strike a
particular resonance within you which you can ponder for years to
come. Taken together your talismans will
be about 250 words of material learned by heart.
- Final Course Book including a collection of all
your edited e-mail essays, a chapter for your term paper, a table of contents,
a page for works cited, a prolog
of 500 words or more,
and an epilog of 600 words or more, and a chapter transcribing and
commenting on the quotes you have learned by heart --
your talismans from the course.
- Class attendance. You must be present at all
14 seminar meetings. Your grade will be effected after one absence.
- Participation in seminar discussions and group book
report -- Here's our
Discussion Guide. (10%)
- E-mail assignments -- quality of thought,
writerly tension, timeliness, personal commitment. Here's our
Writing Guide. (15%)
- Recitation and
discussion of seven
talismans in April -- done by appointment with Fr. Mark. (15 %)
- Final Course Book with Term Paper -- Here's our
Writing Guide. (60%)