Johns Hopkins Unversity
Great Books at Johns Hopkins
An introduction to the humanities at Johns Hopkins and an exploration of some of the Western world’s most important literary works of art.

Of Books, Bass Lines, and Bees

What do they have to do with Henry Purcell's
Dido and Aeneas
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What Students Are Saying:

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"Writing assignments allow strengthening and improvement of focus; discussion sections are open and dynamic; panels give various perspectives; online discussion boards if you are uncomfortable participating in class; exposure to a wide range of literary works; opera performances!"

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"In this class, students learn not only how to write an explication de texte (similar to close reading of a passage in a novel) at a college level but also get a taste of several different disciplines taught at Hopkins, including philosophy, music, and classical studies."

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"Heavy reading; interesting cross examination of very different texts with reference to each other.  This, in combination with professors from very different fields provides new insight into the readings."

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"Great Books offers a mix of different media to really immerse the students in the subject (i.e., scripts, operas, films, selected readings, discussions).  I really enjoyed this course and would recommend it."

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"Be prepared to read about 1 work a week.  If you enjoy the classics you will love this class."

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"Read many books, mostly from antiquity (Homer, Ovid, Virgil) and philosophy.  Get to hear operas and music theory (very interesting and different!).  Four different professors = four different perspectives, all very knowledgeable."

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"Reading intensive course with “Explication” style writing.  Exposure to different ideas and points of view from faculty from several different departments."

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"In this class, students learn not only how to write an explication de texte (similar to close reading of a passage in a novel) at a college level but also get a taste of several different disciplines taught at Hopkins, including philosophy, music, and classical studies."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Professor Elizabeth Patton, program director

The Humanities Center
Dell House, Suite 302
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

telephone: (410) 516-7619
fax: (410) 516-4897
email: humanitiescenter@jhu.edu

 


 


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