“So as to give them courage we must teach people to be shocked by themselves.”

Monthly Archives: August 2011

Ha-Joon Chang (HUM415)

A short interview with Chang.


The Fourth (excerpts)

Animated Tempest (HUM455)

Part One:

Part Two:

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Honeyboy RIP

David “Honeyboy” Edwards, a real Delta blues musician, died yesterday at the age of 96. Look at the way he works the neck of that guitar. Like he had a grudge against it.

The War’s Over:

The Meaning of July Fourth (HUM225)

Notes on Frederick Douglass’s speech in Rochester, NY on July, 5 1852:

Douglass begins with an eloquent apology for his nervousness, a rhetorical gesture underscoring the importance of the date being commemorated and the difficulties besetting a person such as himself– a runaway slave– in addressing that event.

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Weenies and Capitalism

Tempests (HUM455)

I’m trying to obtain a copy of the most recent film adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Julie Taymor:

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Books (HUM 415)

If you bought one of the cancelled books– one of the books not listed on the syllabus– take it to customer service at the bookstore and you can trade it out or get a full refund. There is no re-stocking fee. Be sure to do so by Sept. 6.

PDFs (HUM225/415/455)

R. Williams, “Culture”:


P. Brooker, “Culture”:


P. Toohey, “The Cultural Logic of Historical Periodization”:


K. Marx, “Communist Manifesto”:


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