5: Folly

PART FIVE: DESIDERIUS ERASMUS,
THE PRAISE OF FOLLY

WEEKS 11-13

Week 11: 19-23 March

Tuesday 20/03:
❊ READING FOR TODAY: Folly (1): pp. 3-16 (end of 1st paragraph, “[…] since I preserve the one and delay the other.”
optional reading: the letter to Martin Dorp, 228-51
❊ EXTRA WORK FOR TODAY: what is “irony”?
❊ lecture: irony (1); introduction to Erasmus and his Praise of Folly

Thursday 22/03:
❊ READING FOR TODAY: Folly (2): pp. 16 (2nd paragraph) – 36 (end of the page)
❊ lecture & discussion: irony (2) in Praise of Folly
❊ BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: weekly commentary (10): IRONY
❊ discussion

Week 12: 26-30 March

Tuesday 27/03:
❊ READING FOR TODAY: Folly (3): pp. 37-50 (to end of 2nd-last paragraph, near end of page: “[…] will wipe out the species by the thousands.”
❊ lecture

Thursday 29/03:
❊ READING FOR TODAY: Folly (4): pp. 50 (last line of the page) – 73 (end of 2nd-last paragraph, up to “[…] notebooks of my friend Erasmus.”
❊ lecture
❊ BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: weekly commentary (11)
❊ discussion

Week 13: 2-6 April

Tuesday 03/04:
❊ READING FOR TODAY: Folly (5): 73 (from last paragraph, “To get back to the point […]”) – end (p. 87)
❊ lecture: comparisons and conclusions

Thursday 05/04
❊ BLOG WRITING FOR TODAY: weekly commentary (12), appearing on Thursday 29 March
❊ discussion

FINAL PAPER DUE NEXT WEEK (April 13)
FINAL EXAM NEXT WEEK (April 14)

1 Response to 5: Folly

  1. Rajeena K says:

    After deciding to write my paper on psychopaths (I took a character from Rebelais’s Pantagruel and gave him a psychological assessment) I started to thinking of other characters that might have been psychopaths.

    The first would be Renard, he is cunning, manipulative and really has no morals. But then again, he is a fox…so does he count? Lets say he does, he participates in criminal behaviour (murder, rape, theft) and doesn’t accept responsibility for any of his actions. This is very typical psychopathic behaviour.

    The second character that might qualify to be a psychopath is Celestina. She is also manipulative, getting characters like Parmero on her side when he doubted her. She is a criminal and deceitful.

    Those were the main characters that stuck out for me for having antisocial personality disorder, or at least showing some of the symptoms.

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