Universality and History

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Gathering for the very first time on the West Coast, the Association for Core Texts and Courses convened for its Sixth Annual Conference in April 2000, at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco. Organized around the broad theme of Universality and History, participants were invited, first, to address the first term in that title, 'Universality,' by entering the ongoing debate about whether core texts —be they great books, classics of many different cultures, or simply works used for a brief period of time within liberal and general education programs — have any universal significance or are always locked into particularities of their production or of their readership.

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In 25 papers selected from the April 2000 conference, contributors explore the themes of universality, history, and unexpected unity in diversity links in the postmodern canon by re-reading such classic Western sources as Herodotus' , the biblical Exodus epic, , and , as well as lesser-known voices like Harriet Martineau's (1837). Thomson is with Pepperdine U. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Don Thompson is a Professor at Pepperdine University. Darrel D. Colson is Fletcher Jones Professor of Great Books, Seaver College, Pepperdine University. J. Scott Lee is Faculty Fellow, American Academy for Liberal Education.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Universality Chapter 3 Gyges' Choice- Herodotus on the Cultural Implications of History Chapter 4 Lie, Truth, and Myth in the Philoctetes Chapter 5 Pleasure and Success in Teaching Dante Chapter 6 The New Republic or the Common Core: What Makes a Political Text a Perennial One? Chapter 7 A World to Win? The Communist Manifesto in the Postmodern Canon Chapter 8 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin: A Core Text of American Studies Chapter 9 Great Expectations: A Fable for the Twenty-First Century Chapter 10 Chinua Achebe's Man of the People: The Literature of Post-Colonialism Chapter 11 The "Great Work" and Bakhtin's Theory of Genres Chapter 12 Truth and History Chapter 13 The Exodus Epic: Universalizaiton of History through Ritual Repetition Chapter 14 A Search for Order in the Cosmos: Using Plato's Symposium to Examine Herodotus Chapter 15 Christianity in the Western Tradition Chapter 16 Dante's Use of Sight and Eyes in The Divine Comedy: Scientific and Religious Universals Meet Chapter 17 Pascal Our Contemporary: The Wager Argument Past and Present Chapter 18 Lavoisier, Truth, and Other Hot Airs (or, Why Our Students are Confused About Truth, and How Some Interdisciplinary Inquiry Can Help) Chapter 19 The Perspective's the Thing Chapter 20 Unexpected Links Chapter 21 Unity in Diversity: Re-Reading Aeschylus' Persians as a Multicultural Work Chapter 22 "For this law was not proclaimed by Zeus": The Antigone of Sophocles and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" Chapter 23 Hearing Voices: Harriet and Alexis on Women in America Chapter 24 Dostoevsky's Brother's Karamazov and the Idea of a Christian University Chapter 25 Pedagogy and Choice Chapter 26 Aphrodite's Orgasm or, the Joys of Reading Ancient Poetry with Contemporary Students Chapter 27 Dostoevsky and the Core: The Romance of Otherness Chapter 28 Reading the Numbness of the Holocaust: Views from the Inside and the Aftermath Chapter 29 Making Connections between Core Programs

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