Here are the books I’ll be using in a 4 week special topics course planned for this summer. We’ll start with Geary’s The World in a Phrase on aphorisms, move to the meditations of Marcus Aurelius in The Emperor’s Handbook, next on to Pablo Neruda’s questions, then a survey of haiku, and finally a survey of sonnets.
One purpose of the course is to investigate, appreciate, and practice examples of the moral imagination in the smallest of the literary genres.
Another purpose is to practice the kind of reading, attention, and reflection required of big ideas in little packages.
We might also get into some proverbs, fables, tweets, and memes. Oh my.