Advanced Topics in Liberty

"The Bourgeois Virtue" in Film and Fiction

Conference for Professionals - May 11-13, 2012

Discussion Leader: Amy Sturgis

Session I - Bourgeois Virtue

McCloskey, Donald. “Bourgeois Virtue.” The American Scholar 63, no. 2 (Spring 1994): 177–191. Entire article.

Session II - King Rat

Clavell, James. King Rat. DVD. Directed by Bryan Forbes. Culver City, California: Coleytown Productions, 1965. (to be viewed prior to the conference).

Session III - The Way We Live Now

Trollope, Anthony. The Way We Live Now. London: Wordsworth Classics, 2001. Chapters IX (pages 63–70), X (pages 70–79), XXII (pages 167–173), XXIII (pages 173–181), XXIV (pages 182–189), XXVI (pages 195–204), XXX (pages 225–233), XXXVII (pages 276–286), XL (pages 304–309), LV (pages 418–423), selection from Chapter LXII (pages 473–475), selection from Chapter LXXXI (pages 616–622), and selection from Chapter XCII (pages 699–704).

Trollope, Anthony. The Way We Live Now. DVD. Directed by David Yates. Burbank, CA: BBC Worldwide Americas, 2002. (to be viewed prior to the conference).

Session IV - North and South

Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South. Edited by Easson, Angus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Volume I, Chapters VI (pages 52–57), VII (pages 58–74), X (pages 78–86), XI (pages 87–88), XV (pages 110–124), XVII (pages 131–138), and Volume II, Chapters XV (pages 330–342), and XXV (418–426).

Session V - Nice Work

Lodge, David. Nice Work. London: Penguin Books, 1989. Pages 39–59 (up to the last paragraph on page 59), 72–83 (beginning with the first full paragraph on page 72), 120–133, 205–207 (up to the last paragraph on page 207), 214–220, and 268–270 (up to the end of the first paragraph on page 270).

Session VI - Liberty in Literature

Warren, Robert Penn. New and Selected Essays. New York: Random House, 1989. “Why Do We Read Fiction?” (pages 55–66). 

Peart, Sandra and David M. Levy, eds. The Street Porter and the Philosopher: Conversations on Analytical Egalitarianism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2008. Tyler Cowen’s “Is a Novel a Model?” (pages 319–337).