AQ-1006G - Introduction to Literature
Aquinas: Reason and Rebellion
MWF 10:30 a.m.

Instructor: Christine Cornell
Office: Holy Cross House 215
Telephone: 452-0483
Office Hours: MW 1:30-2:30 pm

Course Description:

This 12 credit-hour course combines English 3326: Seventeenth-Century Literature (6 credit hours), Philosophy 3423: Reason and Religion (3 credit hours) and Political Science 3823: Modern Natural Right (3 credit hours). The course is restricted to students who have completed at least 27 credit hours at St. Thomas, including at least 6 credit hours in English and 6 in Philosophy.

The theme of this course will be the exploration of ideas concerning human passions and reason and the relationship of these ideas to rebellion, the family, God, monarchy, and democracy. We will consider such topics as the nature of reason, rationality, and judgement, as well as when rebellion is reasonable and justifiable, and the differences between rebellion and revolution.

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Four essays (4 x 15) 60% (2 each term)
Short assignments 10%
Participation 10%
Final Examination 20%

This class meets Monday evenings from 6-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2:20 p.m. Students will be responsible for completing the readings before class and for participating in the class discussion. Students who miss classes will normally be asked to withdraw. Late papers will be penalized.

Texts for Term One:
Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. West. Penguin
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Oxford World Classics
Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, Oxford World Classics
Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth Century Verse and Prose, Vol 1: Verse. Editors Alan Rudrum, Joseph Black, and Holly Faith Nelson
Bacon, New Atlantis and The Great Instauration, Revised Edition, Editor Jerry Weinberger
Other texts for first term will be provided.

Course Outline for Term One:
September 5 Introduction
September 9-12 The Aeneid
September 16-19 The Aeneid
September 23-26 Julius Caesar
September 30-October 3 Julius Caesar; Titus Andronicus
October 7-10 Titus Andronicus
October 14 Thanksgiving - no classes
October 15-17 poetry
October 21-24 Bible; poetry
October 28-31 Bible; poetry
November 4-7 poetry; Aquinas
November 11 Remembrance Day - no classes
November 12-14 Aquinas
November 18-21 Aquinas; Bacon; poetry
November 25-28 Bacon; poetry
December 2-3 Bacon

In the second term, we will begin with Browne's Religio Medici and Milton's Paradise Lost.