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Love That Surpasses Knowledge
Calendar for Class Discussion & Exams ("Path 1")

"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up."
(I Corinthians 8:1b, NIV)

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

a few texts have been marked with green below: these will not be covered on the final exam

Readings: Path I
Mon, Sept 19

Love in the Bible
assorted short passages: handout

  • overview: course guidelines, etc.
  • discussion: love in The Bible
Ruth and Song of Songs
Wed, Sept 21

Love in the Bible
Salvador Dalí's "Figure from the Back" (1925)
The Bible: "Ruth" (chps 1-4)
The Bible: "Song of Songs" (chps 1-8)

  • format: in-class essay; roundtable discussion
Storge & Phileo
Mon, Sept 26

C. S. Lewis: Storge & Phileo
The Four Loves (1960), 1-90
The Bible: John 11:1-44

  • format: small group research & report; class discussion
Eros & Agape
Wed, Sept 28

C. S. Lewis: Eros & Agape
Salvador Dalí's "Venus and Sailor" (1925)
The Four Loves
(1960), 91-141
The Bible: I Corinthians 13:1-13

  • format: roundtable discussion
EBB and Eros
Mon, Oct 3 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Salvador Dalí's "The Enigma of Desire" (1929)
Sonnets from the Portguese
, sonnets X (p.28), XIII (p.29), XIV (p.29), XVI (p.30), XVIII (p.31), XX (p.32), XXI (p.32), XXVII (p.35), and XLIII (p.41)
bring C. S. Lewis' The Four Loves (1960) to class this week, in addition to The Bible
  • formats: Mad Lib exercise; discuss Points of Reflection
EBB & Faith
Wed, Oct 5

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
a selection of religious poems (pdf)
The Bible: Luke 22:47-62
bring C. S. Lewis' The Four Loves (1960) to class this week, in addition to The Bible

  • formats: lecture on EBB's bio; open discussion
George Eliot & Realism
Mon, Oct 10 George Eliot & Realistic Affection
"Mr. Gilfil's Love Story" (1857, 1858), 67-122 of Scenes of Clerical Life
  • formats: lecture (realism & arch.); small group exercises (love, pity, etc.)
George Eliot & The Art of Pity
Wed, Oct 12 George Eliot & The Art of Pity
"Mr. Gilfil's Love Story" (1857, 1858), 122-66 of Scenes of Clerical Life
  • formats: small group exercise (structure & argumentation)
Mon, Oct 17

EXAM #1: short answer questions and single essay

Wed, Oct 19


What is Woman?
Mon, Oct 24

James Joyce: What is Woman?
Salvador Dalí's "The Spectre of Sex Appeal" (1934)
The Bible: Matthew 5:27-30
The Bible: Proverbs 31:10-31
"Araby" (1905; 1914), 29-35
"Eveline" (1904, 1914), 36-41

  • format: roundtable discussion
Love Lost
Wed, Oct 26

James Joyce: Love Lost
Salvador Dalí's "Unsatisfied Desires"(1928)
The Bible: Genesis 2:18-25
"Clay" (1904; 1914), 99-106
"A Painful Case" (1907; 1914), 107-17

  • observation: BH (12-2)
  • format: open discussion; close reading
New Love
Mon, Oct 31

D. H. Lawrence: New Love
Salvador Dalí's "Tristan and Isolde" (1944)
The Bible: I Corinthians 13:3
"Love Among the Haystacks" (1911, 1913; 1930), 3-42
"The Horse-Dealer's Daughter" (1922), 181-198

  • observation: J$
  • format: small group exercise
Old Love
Wed, Nov 2

D. H. Lawrence: Old Love
Salvador Dalí's "Autumnal Cannibalism" (1936)
The Bible: I Corinthians 7:1-17
"New Eve and Old Adam" (1913, 1914; 1934), 96-121
"The Blind Man" (1918; 1920), 199-219

  • observation: JH (1-2 p.m.)
  • concept: blood philosophy
Parabolic Visions
Mon, Nov 7

Salvador Dalí: Parabolic Visions
"The First Day of Spring" (1922-23)
"The Average Bureaucrat" (1930)
"My Wife, Nude, Contemplating Her Own Flesh Becoming Stairs, Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture" (1945)
"Portrait of Dead Brother" (1963)
"Young Virgin Auto Sodomized by Her Own Chastity" (1954)

"Apparatus and Hand" (1927)
"The Great Masturbator" (1929)
"La Main (Les Remords de conscience)" (1930)
"Paranonia" (1935-36)
"The Metamorphosis of Narcissus" (1937)
Explicitly Christian Narratives & Figures
"Christ of Saint John of the Cross" (1951)
"Corpus Hypercubus" (1954)
"The Last Supper" (1955)
term paper assigned

  • interactive lecture: Dalí's life and artistry
Wed, Nov 9

Lars Von Trier
in-class screening of Dogville (2003)

The Enigma of Eternity
Mon, Nov 14

C. S. Lewis: The Enigma of Eternity
Salvador Dalí's "Untitled (A Vision of Eternity)" (1936-37)
The Bible: John 11:1-44
C. S. Lewis' A Grief Observed (1961)
Lars Von Trier's Dogville (2003), the remainder: part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5 / part 6 (to be posted later, or watched in class, since I've reached the limit of available webspace for these course sites).

  • observation: JR & KR (10-11 & 12-2)
  • format: open discussion
The Ideal of Human Brotherhood
Wed, Nov 16

Race and The Ideal of Human Brotherhood
Salvador Dalí's "Untitled (Woman with Flower Head)" (1937)
Booker T. Washington's "Atlanta Exposition Address" (1901)
W. E. B. DuBois's "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" and "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" from The Souls of Black Folk (1903)

  • format: student groups render key concepts visually
Thurs, Nov. 17

Professor Jon Cooley's "The False Dawn of Enlightenment: W.E.B. du Bois and the Critique of Western Progress / 8-9 p.m. / building 33 , room 286
to prepare, students should read "Of the Coming of John" from The Souls of Black Folk (1903). Up to one point of extra credit will be added to the final grade of those who ask intelligent questions following Professor Cooley's presentation.

mandatory attendance
Fri, Nov. 18 PAPER CONFERENCES (Thursday, Nov. 17 through Tuesday, Nov. 22  
Disability and Sympathy
Mon, Nov 21

Flannery O'Connor: Sympathy & Disability
The Bible: I Corinthians 10:23-33
"The Lame Shall Enter First" (1965), 595-632
"The Church and the Fiction Writer" (1957), 807-12

  • format: mini-lecture; round-table discussion; argumentation exercise
Wed, Nov 23

NO CLASS: Thanksgiving Holiday

Truth and the Grotesque
Mon, Nov 28

Flannery O'Connor: Truth and the Grotesque
"Good Country People (1955), 263-84
"Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction" (1957; 1965), 813-21

Discernment and Judgment
Wed, Nov 30

Flannery O'Connor: Discernment and Judgment
Flannery O'Connor's "Everything that Rises Must Converge" (1965), 485-500
students each bring 2-3 discussion questions concerning story
TERM PAPER DUE: bring paper copy to class

Sat, Dec. 3 STUDY SESSION / 2-4 p.m. / building 33, room 286  
Mon, Dec. 5 & Fri, Dec. 9

sec 01: Monday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. in 052-0E26
sec 02: Friday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. in 186-C103



"Untitled (Woman with Flower Head)" (1937)
Salvador Dalí


Dr. Paul Marchbanks