DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
POLITICAL SCIENCE 353H
COURTING, MARRYING AND POLITICS
CLASS MEETS: TH 6:00-8:40
ROOM: CL 110
PROFESSOR GARY D. GLENN
OFFICE: ZULAUF 307
OFFICE HOURS: 11:00-11:50 MTWTH AND BY APPOINTMENT. Please call 3-1091 or firstname.lastname@example.org
POLITICAL SCIENCE 353
COURTING, MARRYING AND POLITICS
Francis Fukuyama, The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order (New York: The Free Press, 1999)
Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass eds., Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000)
8/28 Introduction. How this class fits into the ongoing nature of this seminar? Liberal education. What does courting and marrying have to do with politics? Why courting and marrying is appropriately within the purview of political science. Relation of the political and the personal. Doubts about the professors competence to teach this class (expressed by his wife). His defense. Read the Robert Frost poem Kass, p. 630.
THE POLITICAL SIDE
Ch. 5. The Special Role of Women.
THE PERSONAL SIDE
9/11 Kass, Introduction
900-1000 word paper topic (on
Bailey, From Front Porch to Back Seat
Stone, "Passionate Attachments in the West in Historical Perspective"
Blankenhorn, "I Do"
9/25 Kass Ch. B Why Marry? Defenses of Matrimony, pp 81-124
Aquinas, "Of the Marriage Goods"
Erasmus, "A Praise pf Marriage"
Bacon, "Of Marriage and Single Life"
Austen, Pride and Prejudice: For Love or Money?
Kierkegaard, "Some Reflections on Marriage"
10/2 First 900-1000 word paper due.
Tucker, "Monogamy and Its Discontents"
Meilaender, Men and Women–Can We Be Friends"
Borowitz, "Speaking Personally"
Muir, "The Annunciation"
10/9 Kass Ch. C. “What About Sex? Man, Woman, and Sexuality” pp 155-202
Homer, The Coupling of Ares and Aphrodite
Genesis 2:4-4:2: The Anthropology of Sex
Rousseau, Emile: Sexual Complementarity
Herodotus, The Story of Candaules and Gyges
Kant, On Shame and Love
Riezler, "Comment on the Social Psychology of Shame"
May, "Four Mischievous Theories of Sex"
10/24 Second 900-1000 word paper topic handed out. Due 11/6.
10/16 Ch. D. “Is This Love? Eros and Its Aims” pp. 203-302.
-30 Divakaruni, "The Word Love"
Plato, Symposium: Aristophanes' Speech on Eros. Socrates' Speech on Eros.
The Song of Songs
De Rougemont, The Tristan Myth
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Rousseau, Emile: Educating for Love
Rilke, Letters on Love
11/6 Second 900-1000 word paper due.
11/6- Ch. E. “How Can I Find and Win the Right One? Courtship” pp. 303-453
-13 Miss Manners, "Advice on Courtship"
Genesis, Finding a Wife for Isaac
Abraham, "The Engagement: A Story"
Pitt-Rivers, The People of the Sierra
Erasmus, "Courtship" A Colloquy
Shakespeare, As You Like It
Rousseau, Emile: The Courtship of Emile and Sophie
11/20 pp. 454-544
Tolstoy, War and Peace: The Courtship of Pierre and Helene
Austen, Pride and Prejudice: The Courtship of Darcy and Elizabeth
Ch. F. “Why a Wedding? The Promises of Marriage”
May, " The Covenant of Marriage"
Marriage Vows and Blessings (from various traditions)
De Rougemont, "Active Love or keeping Faith"
Kass and Kass, The Marriage Name
11/26 Thanksgiving Break
Aristotle, The Friendship of Husband and Wife
Jewish Midrash, Childless Love
Kipling, "The Married Man: Reservist of the Line"
Ballou, Letter to Sarah
Tocqueville, Democracy in
Rousseau, Emile: Married Lovers
Tolstoy, War and Peace, First Epilogue: Parents and Children
Frost, "The Master Speed"
12/11 Thursday Final Exam 6-7:50 pm