Tagged: Quotes

How to think of the Web

From Prof. Jon Westling‘s syllabus for his discussion section of CC 202 in Spring 2004 The Internet [like fire, money, science, water, and other elemental entities] can be a helpful servant, but it is a bad master. In the disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences, unlike in some scientific disciplines, it is not customary […]

The Nietzsche Family Circus

Relating to CC202′s upcoming study of Nietzsche at the end of this semester is this amusing but informative site: bit.ly/10QJV0h Enjoy!

Dana Gioa on Epic

No epic survived the welter of history unless both its language and story were unforgettable. From a plot posterity demands both immediate pleasure and enduring moral significance. An epic narrative must vividly and unforgettably embody the central values of a civilization — be they military valor or spiritual redemption. Only a few poets at a […]

Six Quotes: Zank on Genesis

“Genesis starts with ‘In the beginning’; and that is always a great place to start.” “The Bible’s stories, laws, and beliefs decisively influenced the western imagination; biblical heroes became models for kings and commoners, and taught westerners how to act, what to pursue, how to govern and rule.” “The Bible has been many a person’s […]

Ralston on literature and anonymity

The greatest of the world’s literature is strangely anonymous. We learn from their writing nothing of the lives of Homer or Shakespeare. Even Dante is only an apparent exception to this rule. The actual circumstance, the personal detail of his life, is present in the Divine Comedy in solution. It can be precipitated only by […]