Humanities 250
Nihilism, Modernism, and Uncertainty

Dorothea Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Professor Slava Yastremski
Professor John Rickard (Crosslisted with ENGL 230)

Fall 2012

Weekly Common Hour Lecture from 7:00 - 8:52 pm in Coleman 20.

For course learning goals, requirements, textbooks, policies, and assignments, please refer to main course page:

Note on Reading Assignments: You are expected to complete the reading for a given week prior to the first (Tuesday) class for that week.

Schedule of Lectures and Reading Assignments:

August 27

    Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals (Preface and first two essays) and The Gay Science (Excerpts on Moodle [Nietzsche Gay Science.pdf]). Lecture by Professor Peter Groff, Bucknell Philosophy Department

September 3

September 10

September 17

September 24

    September 27: Full Rough Draft of First Paper Due

October 1

    W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folks (Read "The Forethought" and Chapter I, "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" in electronic text of book, posted on Moodle) and Richard Wright's "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow" (Online etext) and "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" (Moodle). Lecture by Professor Linden Lewis, Bucknell Department of Sociology and Anthropology
    October 4: Final Draft of First Paper Due

October 8 -- FALL BREAK

October 15

    Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway by Professor John Rickard, Bucknell English Department

October 22

    T. S. Eliot, "Ash Wednesday" and "Little Gidding" (on Moodle). Lecture by Professor G. C. Waldrep, Bucknell English Department

October 29

November 5

November 12

    Samuel Beckett, Readings TBA (Moodle). Lecture by Professor Gary Grant, Bucknell Department of Theatre and Dance

November 19

    Feminism: Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (Excerpts on Moodle). Lecture by Professor Ghislaine McDayter, Bucknell English Department

November 26

    Toni Morrison, Sula. Lecture by Professor Carmen Gillespie, Bucknell English Department

    November 29: Final Draft of Second Paper Due

December 3

    Topic To Be Announced
PLEASE NOTE: Oral Examinations held during Exam Period -- Times and locations to be determined