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Date: Mon, 24 Dec 2001 14:29:58 -0500
Subject: PLC: Zeal


Bob,

I've been too overwhelmed with work to thank you for the tip on 'Central 
Station,' which is everything you say it is below.  Thanks.  I am still 
putting together a syl for a freshman course on zeal.  I'll let the list 
know what I finish with.

I have to say also that I've been surprised with what my freshmen have been 
liking and not liking, understanding and not understanding, of late.  For 
the course on humanism, for which I also queried this list, I used parts 
from Katherine Hayles's book How We Became Posthuman,  and William Gibson's 
Neuromancer, which they hated.  Too hard.  I thought everybody liked SciFi.

Thanks again,

Michael

At 05:49 PM 10/26/01 -0400, you wrote:
>Michael,
>      ...on the pro side...recently watched Walter Salles'  "Central
>Station"...wonderful movie...powerful statement against cynical secular
>consciousness of modern urban existence...and in favor of the naive wonder
>and pious care-full-ness of "the little ones".
>
>bob
>
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Michael Harrawood <mharrawo-AT-fau.edu>
>To: <phillitcrit-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu>
>Sent: Friday, October 26, 2001 3:51 PM
>Subject: PLC: Zeal
>
>
> > Hello from the Sunshine State,
> >
> > I have been enjoying the exchanges of the past week or so and have a query
> > about readings for a potential  college course.  Since the events of
> > September 11, and with consideration of how the rhetoric has shaped up on
> > both sides of the issues, I am trying to imagine teaching a Freshman
> > Seminar next fall on Zeal.  I wonder what texts members of this list would
> > want to teach for such a course.  How would you set up a course on this?
> >
> > I still have a soft spot in my heart for Eric Hoffer's book, The True
> > Believer; and I suppose a motto for the course could be Tallyrand's advice
> > to young diplomats, "Surtout, pas de zele."  But I wonder how some of you
> > all out there might try to frame some of the questions about relativism,
> > post-modernism, value, believe, humanism -- Gertrude Stein's famous answer
> > to Alice, "What are the questions?" -- and, of course, war that demand
> > reconsideration in these times.  Remember also, I'm thinking of Freshmen.
> >
> > Just asking,
> >
> > Michael
> > Michael Harrawood
> > Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature
> > Honors College
> > John D. MacArthur Campus
> > Florida Atlantic University
> > Jupiter, FL 33458
> > (561) 799-8617
> > <http://www.honorscollege.edu>
> >
> >
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>
>
>
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Michael Harrawood
Assistant Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Honors College
John D. MacArthur Campus
Florida Atlantic University
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 799-8617
<http://www.honorscollege.edu>


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