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September 13 Introduction & Basic Concepts in Ethics The use of “story” as a moral tool in the Scripture and in literature September 20 Pre-Modern Use of Literature in Times of Social Change Required: Beowulf ALL September 27 NO CLASS SESSION October 4 NO CLASS SESSION October 11 Having An Ideal: Early Modern Images Required: More, Thomas Utopia ALL Optional: Bunyan, John A Pilgrim’s Progress Swift, Jonathan, Gulliver’s Travels Enlightenment & Romanticism as Purity & Cynicism Required: Voltaire, Candide OR Shelley, Mary Frankenstein PICK Optional: Rousseau, J.J. Emile October 18 The Modern Use of Untethered Power Required: Sinclair, Upton The Jungle OR Orwell, George Animal Farm PICK Optional: Orwell, George Nineteen Eighty-Four Wells, H.G., Island of Dr. Moreau October 25 The Optimistic Moral Anthropology of Modernity Required: Golding, William Lord of the Flies OR Burroughs, Edgar Rice, Tarzan of the Apes PICK Optional: Grey, Zane, Riders of the Purple Sage Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Morality at End of Modernity FALL 2004 (Final 3 September 2004) November 1 The Modern Denial of Sin & the Reality of Evil Required: Stevenson, R.L. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde OR Conrad, J. The Heart of Darkness PICK Optional: Melville, Herman, Moby Dick Film to view: Bradbury, Ray Something Wicked This Way Comes November 8 Who Counts: Identity & “Usefulness” Required: Kafka, Franz, “Metamorphosis” ALL AND Capek, Karel R.U.R. OR Huxley, Aldous Brave New World OR Steinbeck, John Of Mice & Men PICK November 15 Who Counts: Identity & Ethnicity Required: Baldwin, James Go Tell It on the Mountain ALL Optional: Speare, Elizabeth George The Witch of Blackbird Pond Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, Herland) November 22 READING WEEK November 29 The Modern Avoidance of Death Required: MacDonald, G. “Gifts of the Child Christ” ALL Optional: Tolstoy, L. The Death of Ivan Ilych Wilde, Oscar, Picture of Dorian Gray) December 6 Challenges to Modernity Required: Abbott, Edwin A. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions OR Dostoyevski, Fyodor Notes From Underground PICK Optional: Chesterton, G.K., The Man Who Was Thursday Lewis, C.S. Till We Have Faces Lewis, Sinclair, Babbitt December 13 Is the Modern World Past (what is “post-modernity”)? Required: Miller, Walter A Canticle for Leibowitz (REQUIRED READING FOR 3-HOUR STUDENTS ONLY) Optional: Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose)

Publication Date

January 2004


Asbury Theological Seminary


Modernity, Kentucky, Fall, CS654



CS 654 Morality at the End of Modernity