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Grace and the Grotesque
Calendar for Class Discussion & Exams (Path 1)

Path 1 Calendar


"Endure hardship as discipline . . . "
(Hebrews 12:7, NIV)



for pre-class "points of reflection," click on the color bar above each day's readings

Date
Readings: Path I
Details
T, 9-15

The Positive Negative
The Bible: Acts 4:32-37, 5:1-11, PDF
pre-class videos: intro. to Dr. M (10 min.), course website & assignments (23 min.), course theme (41 min.)

Flannery O'Connor's letter to "A" (Betty Hester), Aug. 28, 1955 / 948-51, PDF
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "A Musical Instrument" (1860), PDF
Robert Browning's "Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" (1842), 89-92, PDF
Salvador Dalí's Woman with a Head Full of Roses (1935)
, PDF

  • 2-hr class
  • course guidelines
  • lecture & analysis
  • slideshow
R, 9-17

Stumbling Blocks
The Bible: I Corinthians, chps. 1:1-2:16
pre-class video: Elements & Principles of Design and "Christ Crucified" (33 min.)
The Bible:
Matthew 26:47 - 28:10
The Bible: Luke 22:47 - 24:53
The Bible: John 18:1 - 20:31
Matthias Grünewald's The Crucifixion (1515)
Salvador Dalí's The Spectre of Sex Appeal (1934)

Salvador Dalí's Corpus Hypercubus (1954)

very short, out-of-class essay (15-20 min.) Send to Dr. M as Word doc sometime Thursday AFTER class. Prompt here.

  • 1-hr class
  • lecture, analysis exercise, & discussion
  • slideshow
  • art terms handout

T, 9-22

Fierce and Dreamy Both
The Bible: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
pre-class video: chp. 1, 4 sections (25 min. total) / part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4
Flannery O'Connor's talk "The Teaching of Literature" (date unidentified) / PDF (print out & bring to class)
Flannery O'Connor's "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" (1954), 197-209
handout concerning hymns and "Tantum Ergo" in "A Temple . . ."

  • 2-hr class
  • discussion of essays
  • roundtable discussion
R, 9-24

Metaphor, Paradox, & Truth
The Bible: Matthew 13:1-23
The Bible: I Corinthians 7:1-5

pre-class video: chp. 1, 3 sections (35 min.) / part 1 / part 2 / part 3
Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves (1996) / free streaming on Kanopy

  • 2-hr class
  • discussion
  • lecture
T, 9-29 The Right Horror
The Bible: Romans 5:1-8
The Bible: Mark 10:13-16
Robert Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" (1852; 1855), PDF

pre-class video explication: "Childe Roland" (30 min.)

Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves (1996) / free streaming on Kanopy
Path 2 grps assigned: sign up for Path 2 grp discussion session of poems by RB & EBB (only the poems--no other materials)
  • 2-hr class
  • small group exercise


R, 10-1

Sin and Censorship
The Bible: Philippians 4:4-9
The Bible: Romans 14:1-23
pre-class video: artistic modalities w/ graphs
(36 min.)
Flannery O'Connor's "The Church and the Fiction Writer" (1957), 807-12
Flannery O'Connor's "Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction" (1960; 1965), 813-21

  • 1-hr class
  • roundtable discussion
W, 9-30 thru S, 10-3 Path 2 Group Poetry Discussions / email Dr. M w/ a couple options for 30-min. sessions that could work for your group (see options here, in gray); I will assign 30-min. slots in the order in which I receive them.

 

T, 10-6

The Way of Distortion: A Realism of Distances
The Bible: Mark 12:1-12
pre-class video: chp. 3, Part 1, 3 sections (25 min.) / part 1 / part 2 / part 3
Jørgen Leth’s short film The Perfect Human (1967) / 13 min.
"Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "Lord Walter's Wife" (1862), PDF
Robert Browning's "Porphyria's Lover" (1834; 1836, 1842), PDF

C. S. Lewis' "Transposition" (1940) / PDF
The Bible:
Genesis 4:1-16; 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25; Job 23 (all), 24 (all), & 31:1-22; Song of Songs 1, 3, 4, 5, 6:8-9, 7:1-8:4; Lamentations 3:16-40
ASSIGNED: short essay response

  • 2-hr class
  • slideshow-driven discussion

R, 10-8

Maximum Control [NO LIVE CLASS in F20: attend office hrs w/ any questions . . .]
The Bible: Psalm 23
The Bible: Luke 12:24-34

Salvador Dalí's prose poem "St. Sebastian" (1927)
Salvador Dalí's lecture "The Moral Position of Surrealism" (Mar. 22, 1930)
Salvador Dalí's Apparatus and Hand (1927)
Salvador Dalí's The Great Masturbator (1929)
Salvador Dalí's The Persistence of Memory (1931)
pre-class videos: chp. 3, Part 2, 2 sections (21 min.) / part 4, part 5
pre-class video lecture on Dalí's life: Set Up, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
reference the Principles and Elements of Design handout . . .

  • NO CLASS in F20
  • lecture slides: Dalí's bio / Part 1
  • student questions will drive discussion
S, 10-10

ESSAY #1: Response to Short Story Prompt
DUE by noon on Sat., Oct. 10 (via email)

 

T, 10-13

Long Night's Journey Into Day
The Bible: Matthew 16:24-26
Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" (1955), 263-84
Midterm Exam study guide

  • 1-hr class
  • roundtable discussion

R, 10-15

Not Your Own Hero
The Bible: Matthew 10:16-22
pre-class video:
the life of C. S. Lewis
MIDTERM EXAM

  • 2-hr class
  • brief discussion
  • exam

T, 10-20

Magical Freedoms
The Bible: Genesis 1-3
C. S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew (1955)

  • 2-hr class
  • roundtable discussion

R, 20-22

Love & Marriage
The Bible: Ephesians 5:21-33, James 3:3-10
pre-class video: the lives of EBB & RB
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850), sonnets 7 & 30 / PDF
Robert Browning's "Meeting at Night" (1845) and "Parting at Morning" (1845), PDF
Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "The Romaunt of the Page" (1839), PDF [used w/ permission of one of the editors, Dr. Beverly Taylor]
Robert Browning's "A Lover's Quarrel" (c.1853), PDF
pre-class video explication: "The Romaunt of the Page"

  • 2-hr class
  • slideshow-directed discussion

T, 10-27

Eyes Wide Shut
The Bible: 1 John 1:1-9
Robert Browning's "Andrea del Sarto" (c.1853; 1855), PDF
Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952), chps. 1-3

  • 2-hr class
  • slideshow-driven discussion
R, 10-29

Parabolic Drift
The Bible: Luke 15:11-32
pre-class video: Flannery O'Connor's life
Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952), chps. 4-7

TERM PAPER assigned; explanatory video (just replace the 2 poems mentioned with 2 paintings by Dalí)
Path 2 groups sign up for
45-60 min. PAPER CONFERENCES (to take place Nov. 11-14)

  • 2-hr class
  • group exercise: argumentation exercise

T, 11-3

Out of Sight
The Bible: Mark 8:22-25
The Bible: Acts 9:1-19
Salvador Dalí's The Endless Enigma (1938)
Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952), chps. 8-13 (73-119)

  • 1-hr class
  • group exercise: Mad Libs

R, 11-5

The Evolution of Ecstasy
The Bible: Ecclesiastes 1-2

Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood (1952), chp. 14
Salvador Dalí's essay "Mystical Manifesto" (1951)
Salvador Dalí's My Wife, Nude, Contemplating Her Own Flesh Becoming Stairs, Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture (1945)
Salvador Dalí's The Madonna of Port Lligat (1950-51, 2nd version of the painting, not the 1949 version)
Salvador Dalí's Christ of St. John of the Cross (1951)
Salvador Dalí's The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory (1952-54)
bring: the Principles and Elements of Design handout to class
film terms handout
Dalí's leitmotifs handout

  • 2-hr class
  • slideshow-driven discussion
  • PDF of slides: Dalí's bio / Part 2

T, 11-10

Dark Like Blood
The Bible:
Proverbs 1:1-19
C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces (1956), Part 1: chps 1-9

  • 2-hr class
  • roundtable discussioin
R, 11-12 Graceful or Grotesque? Constructions of Femininity
The Bible: Proverbs 31:10-31
Salvador Dalí's Paranonia (1935-36)
C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces (1956), Part 1: chps. 10-14
  • 1-hr class
  • small group exercise (tableaux vivants & dry-erase drawings)
Wed., Nov. 11 - Sat., Nov. 14 45-60 min. PAPER CONFERENCES w/ 2-3 page, detailed outlines sent electronically to Dr. M and path 2 group members before conference begins

 
T, 11-17

Veilings and Unveilings
The Bible: I Corinthians 13:8-13
C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces (1956), Part 1: chps. 15-21 and Part II: chps. 1-4 & note

  • 2-hr class
  • format: roundtable discussion
R, 11-19

Grace and Justice
The Bible: Luke 13:5-9
The Bible: Matthew 18:21-35
pre-class video: life of Lars von Trier
Lars von Trier's Dogville (2003)
pre-class video: Dogville & film terms (40 min.) [watch after viewing Dogville]
bring film terms handout

supplementary (optional) video: Lewis's view of Hell (chp. 8 of The Problem of Pain)

  • 2-hr class
  • format: roundtable discussion
  • PDF of lecture slides: Von Trier bio
T, 11-24

Everything Off Balance
The Bible: Mark 12:28-34 and Matthew 10:32-39
Salvador Dalí's The Temptation of St. Anthony (1946)

Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (1953), 137-53
bring to class printed out copies of Dr. M's comments on your short, Path 2 essay--constitutes part of participation grade

  • 1-hr class
  • discussion
  • review session for final exam
W, 11-25 TERM PAPER DUE by noon Wednesday; send to Dr. M via email  
Finals Week FINAL EXAM
sec 01 (class: 12-2 p.m. / TR) / final: Thurs., Dec. 3, 1:10-4:00 p.m.
sec 02 (class: 2-4 p.m. / TR) / final: Thurs., Dec 3, 4:10-7:00 p.m.
 

 

Woman with Flower Head
"Cubist Self-Portrait)" (1923)
oil on canvas
Salvador Dalí

 


Dr. Paul Marchbanks
pmarchba@calpoly.edu