Hmm… Maybe For Next Spring?

At one point, W.H. Auden was an instructor at the U of Michigan. The undergrad-level course (which met for two hours a week over a single semester) was titled “Fate and the Individual in European Literature.” The New York Daily News has published a copy of the reading list from Auden’s syllabus. It’s not too shabby:

Auden Syllabus

Well, it was an upper-level undergrad course. Still, a roughly 6-kilopage reading load is pretty impressive. I may bust this out the next time my kids gripe about their assignments.

A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to colleague and friend Marilyn Dallman Seymour, via Facebook.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
This entry was posted in Culture, Education, Literature. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Hmm… Maybe For Next Spring?

  1. I wonder why Goethe and Adams got omitted.

  2. Alpheus says:

    Wait…this a syllabus? Where’s the section on “Course Objectives”? Where’s the disability policy? Where’s the section explaining that students aren’t allowed to plagiarize?

    Quite honestly, I do pine for the day of the one- or two-page syllabus. My bad students don’t seem to read my syllabi, and my good students don’t need most of what I feel obligated to include.

  3. Pingback: Mid-Career Thoughts | Professor Mondo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s