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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 – Princeton in the Age of Woodrow Wilson

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

Description:   Perhaps the most transformative and exciting period in the long history of Princeton University was 1875 to 1920, when the small college grew into a nationally important university, thanks in part to the dynamic leadership of Woodrow Wilson, Class of 1879. Wilson crusaded to make Princeton more intellectual, but his tenure as University President (1902-1910) ended in disaster. This course explores what fast-changing Princeton University was like during Woodrow Wilson's undergraduate, faculty, and presidential years and into the subsequent era of fun and frivolity we associate with the undergraduate F. Scott Fitzgerald, Class of 1917.

Dates: Fridays – 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/15

Time: to be determined

COST: $100.00