101年第2學期-0173 文討:文學與科學 課程資訊

課程分享

選課分析

本課程名額為 15人,已有13人選讀,尚餘名額2人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Response papers, study questions 15 Written to engage with the chapter readings and/or handouts
essays, shorter 25 response to an issue or topic
essay, longer 35 Research project
presentation 25 Based on research project

授課教師

Thomas Argiro

教育目標

■  課程目標 (Course Objectives) 1. Students will gain comprehension of the various historical, cultural and social conditions that gave rise to the specific pieces under examination. They will give evidence of this in response papers, discussions, presentations and essays. 2. Students will be able to recognize and explain various rhetorical modes typical of scientific literary writing, including speculative and critical analysis, theoretical studies, responses to criticism, hypotheses, creative works, histories, etc. They will give evidence of this in response papers, discussions, presentations and essays. 3. Students will analyze and critically interpret a variety of genres specific to scientific literature, including essays, letters, fiction, historical works, political tracts, critical pieces, philosophical works and personal writings. They will give evidence of this in response papers, discussions, presentations and essays. 4. Students will interpret, analyze and respond to the critical thinking present in the various readings, while applying their own critical thinking skills to assessing the effectiveness and significance of the various arguments of the selected authors. They will give evidence of this in response papers, discussions, presentations and essays. 5. Students will be able to explain how and why the authors under analysis were or are significant to the issues present in their societies, relative to their writings, criticism, rhetoric and beliefs. They will give evidence of this in response papers, discussions, presentations and essays.

課程概述

This course is designed to investigate and engage with literature and science by reading across a range of works whose interests are rooted in both fields, and that are indicative of the historical nature of how science and literature have been always been textually and conceptually linked. The current readings will highlight specific issues of our moment, in terms of the impact that science continues to have on daily life, while exploring how literature that focuses on science remains a vital transmitter of information, important to how we understand our world through literary expression, scientific theory and material fact. Literature related to fields such as astronomy, natural history, geology, human evolution, medical science, the human body, ecology, and other scientific disciplines will be included. Significant works and selections from Lucretius, Galileo Galilei, Georges Leclerc (Comte de Buffon), Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Thomas Henry Huxley, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Adams will establish the foundation for understanding more recent texts. More contemporary materials will include anthology selections, as well as works by Italo Calvino, David E. Nye, and Anne L. Macdonald. Students will be encouraged to research their own areas of interest concerning the broad and expanding relationship of science and literature.

課程資訊

參考書目

■  主要參考書籍/資料 (Textbooks and References) (教科書遵守智慧財產權觀念不得非法影印)
Henry Adams, “The Virgin and the Dynamo 1900” from The Education of Henry Adams (online etext)
Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics. (New York: Harcourt, 1976)
Charles Darwin, selections, Descent of Man (online etext)
Benjamin Franklin, “To Peter Collinson”; other selected letters on experiments and electricity from The Papers of Benjamin Franklin (online collection and texts)
Galileo Galilei: “Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, 1615” (online etext)
Thomas H. Huxley, selections, Evolution and Ethics and Other Essays (online etext)
Georges Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, selections, Natural History (online etext)
Lucretius, On the Nature of Things (online extext)
Charles Lyell, selections, The Antiquity Of Man (online etext)
Anne L. Macdonald, Feminine Ingenuity, how women inventors changed America. (New York: Ballentine Books, 1992)
David E. Nye, American Technological Sublime. (Boston: The MIT Press, 1996)
Robert J. Scholnick, ed. American Literature and Science. (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2010)
Henry D. Thoreau, “The Succession of Forest Trees” (online etext)