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Existentialism schedule

Week     Primary Reading    Supplementary materials      Assignments
 Tolstoy, "My Confession"
 (Parts 1-9)

 Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
 Hemmingway, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"

Film footage of Tolstoy

 2 Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich Wikipedia article on Tolstoy

 The Kinks: A well-respected man
 Journal topic 1
 3 Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground Wikipedia article on Dostoyevsky

 Account of Dostoyevsky's mock execution

David Demby, New Yorker article on Notes

Journal topic 2
 4 Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground Dostoyevsky, "The Grand Inquisitor" (text)

The Grand Inquisitor (25 min. video)

 5 Nietzsche, The Gay Science (Book 1)

Sections of The Gay Science to focus on
Brian Leiter-Nietzsche myths (16 min. podcast)

Internet Encyclopedia on Nietzsche

Stanford Encyclopedia article on Nietzsche

Nietzsche's life  and world-slideshow

 Journal topic 3

First paper due: Friday, Feb. 19th

 6 Nietzsche, The Gay Science (Book 1)

 7 Nietzsche, The Gay Science (Book 3)

B. Walker on the Death of God (15 min. podcast)  

NYT article on global trends in religion 

Philip Larkin, "Church Going" (poem)

Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach"

  Journal Topic 4

Mid-term exam: during class
Friday, March 7th

 49 min. documentary on Nietzsche's life & work

A. Ridley-Nietzsche on Art & Truth (15 min. podcast)

Wagner's Tristan and Isolde - End of Act III
(Liebestod begins at 7:50)


 9 (3-17) Nietzsche, The Gay Science
(Book 4)
  Journal Topic 5
 10 (3-24)Beckett,
 Waiting for Godot Act I
 Waiting for Godot, Act II
5 min. Intro to documentary about Beckett

Beckett,Act Without Words II 

Act Without Words

Edith Kern, "Drama Stripped for Inaction: Beckett's Godot" (Access this article through JSTOR)

 11 (3-31) Sartre, "The Wall"
Sartre, Nausea
 Sartre' Existentialism (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Chronology of events in Nausea

 Journal topic 6
 12 (4-7) Sartre, Nausea Sophie Tucker "Some of these days" (song)

S. Gardener, 15 min. podcast on Sartre on "bad faith"

 Journal topic 7
 13 (4-14) Revolutionary Road (film)

 Sartre, "Existentialism as a Humanism"
 Sartre's terminology

Mary Warnock on Sartre (12 minute podcast)

NYT article on free will

48 min. documentary on Sartre's life & work

Sartre talking about the bad faith of intellectuals (5 min video)

N. Radke, "Sartre and Peanuts"

Monty Python visit Jean-Paul Sartre

 2nd paper due  Friday, April 18
 14 (4-21)Kakfa, Five Parables

Camus, The Myth of Sissyphus
"Before the Law" read by Orson Wells

Franz Kafka International Airport

"In our time" 45 min podcast discussion of Albert Camus

 15 (4-28)
Thomas Nagel, "The Absurd" (pdf link below)

Richard Taylor, "The Meaning of Life"

Field Trip
Google "Robert Harries Tetris A Game of the Absurd" Journal topic 8
 16 (5-5) Last class, Mon. May 5 FInal exam review guidance

Final Exam: Saturday, May 10, 10:15 - 12:15

Emrys Westacott,
Feb 11, 2014, 5:41 AM
Emrys Westacott,
Apr 24, 2013, 10:41 AM
Emrys Westacott,
Apr 24, 2013, 10:50 AM