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Special Course Offerings - Fall 2015

ASC OO1 -- “Kiddie Lit” for Adults: Cross-Readings in Five Children’s Books


Instructor:   Professor U. C. Knoepflmacher, Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient & Modern Literature, Emeritus

Description:   Children’s books are written by “ex-children” whose creations not only tap the creative imagination of the young but also reactivate childhood pleasures from an adult’s perspective. Such hybrid texts therefore appeal to a dual audience and invite different kinds of participation from their young and older readers. This balancing act is most evident in illustrated children’s classics that lure us with both graphic and verbal texts. The five books we shall closely examine, however, rely on very different kinds of “cross-reading” mixtures.

Reading Schedule:

Week One:   Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Week Two:   Rudyard Kipling, “How the Whale Got Its Throat,”   “The Elephant’s Child,” “The Beginning of the Armadilloes,” “How the Alphabet was Made,” in Just So Stories for Little Children (please use either the Oxford Classics Edition by Lisa Lewis or The Penguin Classics edition by Judith Plotz)

Week Three:   E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

Week Four:   Maurice Sendak, Higglety, Pigglety, Pop! or There Must Be More to Life and Peggy Rathmann, Officer Buckle and Gloria

Our classes will be structured as conversations rather than lectures and your critical engagement with our readings is both welcome and encouraged.

Dates: Fridays -  October 2, 9, 16,23

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

COST: $100.00


ASC 002 – Architecture of Princeton University

Instructor: Lecturer, Barksdale Maynard,  Department of Art and Archaeology


Listed by Forbes magazine as one of the Worlds Most Beautiful Campuses, Princeton has long been an architectural paragon, much-admired and copied. Its astonishingly varied buildings can help tell the story of American architectural history from the 1750s on. This course will examine Princetons fascinating relationship to ever-changing architectural trends in America and Britain. Controversies will be emphasized, from nineteenth-century fights about Gothic Revival to current debates about Neo-modernist designs by world-famous architects. This course will enhance your understanding of Americas fourth-oldest campus.


Dates: Fridays – 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16

Time: 1:00 - 2:30

COST: $100.00