Dr. Robert C. Jeffrey
Associate Professor of Government

Wing to Wing and Oar to Oar:
A Reflection on Courtship and Marriage

Syllabus for Interim 2003

Dr. Robert Jeffrey
206 Daniel Building
Phone: x4581 (office) or 948-1297 (home)
E-mail: jeffreyrc@wofford.edu or rcjeffrey@home.com

Required Books

Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass, Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana) 2000.

Selected Xeroxed Articles, detailed below.

Course plan:
January 6

Leon Kass, Introduction to Wing to Wing and Oar to Oar

January 7
Leon Kass, "The End of Courtship" (xerox)
Gurdon, "High-Priced Emancipation" (xerox)

Introduction to Section-"Where Are We Now?"
Bailey, From Front Porch to Back Seat
Stone, "Passionate Attachments in the West in Historical Perspective"
January 8
Bloom, "Relationships"
Brooks, "Making it: Love and Success at Americas's Finest Universities" (xerox)
Blankenhorn, "I Do?"
Introduction to Section-"Why Marry? Defenses of Matrimony"
Darwin, "This is the Question"
Aquinas, "Of the Marriage Goods"
January 9
Erasmus, "A Praise of Marriage"
Bacon, "Of Marriage and the Single Life"
Austen, Pride and Prejudice: For Love or Money?
Kierkegaard, "Some Reflections on Marriage"
January 10
Tucker, "Monogamy and Its Discontents"
Meilaender, "Men and Women-Can We Be Friends?"
Borowitz, "Speaking Personally"
Muir, "The Annunciation"
January 13
Introduction to Section-"What About Sex? Man, Woman, and Sexuality"
Homer, The Coupling of Ares and Aphrodite
Genesis 2:4-4:2: The Anthropology of Sex
Rousseau, Emile: Sexual Complementarity
Herodotus, The Story of Candaules and Gyges
Kant, On Shame and Love
January 14
Riezler, "Comment on the Social Psychology of Shame"
May, "Four Mischievous Theories of Sex"
Introduction to Section-"Is This Love? Eros and Its Aims"
Divakaruni, "The Word Love"
Plato, Symposium: Aristophanes' Speech on Eros
January 15
Plato, Symposium: Socrates' Speech on Eros
The Song of Songs
DeRougement, "The Tristan Myth"
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Pipes, "Male-Female Relations in Islam" (xerox)
January 16
Rousseau, Emile: Educating for Love
Shakespeare, Sonnets 18, 115, 116
Rilke, Letters on Love
Lewis, "Eros"
January 17
Mid-term Exam
January 20
Introduction to Section-"How Can I Find and Win the Right One? Courtship"
Martin, Miss Manners' Advice on Courtship
Genesis 24: Finding a Wife for Isaac
Genesis 29-31: Jacob Finds a Wife
Abraham, "The Engagement, A Story"
January 21
Pitt-Rivers, The People of the Sierra
Erasmus, "Courtship": A Colloquy
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Shakespeare, As You Like It
January 22
Franklin, "Reflections on Courtship and Marriage"
Franklin, "The Elysian Fields"
Rousseau, Emile: The Courtship of Emile and Sophie
Tolstoy, War and Peace: The Courtship of Pierre and Helene
January 23
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina: Levin's Proposal to Kitty
Austen, Pride and Prejudice: The Courtship of Darcy and Elizabeth
January 24
Introduction to Section-"Why a Wedding? The Promises of Marriage"
May, "The Covenant of Marriage"
Marriage Vows and Blessings
DeRougement, "Active Love, or Keeping Faith"
Kass and Kass, The Marriage Name
January 27
Introduction to Section- "What can Married Life be Like? The Blessings of Marriage"
Homer, The Reunion of Penelope and Odysseus
Aristotle, The Friendship of Husband and Wife
Jewish Midrash, Childless Love
Kipling, "The Married Man: Reservist of the Line"
Ballou, Letter to Sarah
January 28
Tocqueville, Democracy in America: Marriage and Mores
Rousseau, Emile: Married Lovers
Kierkegaard, Lasting Love
January 29
Hawthorne, "The Birthmark" (xeorx)
Capon, Bed and Board: Liturgies of Home
Tolstoy, War and Peace: Parents and Children
Frost, "The Master Speed"
January 30
January 31
Final Exam
Required Book:
Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass, Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana) 2000
Course Requirements:
Daily Quizzes and Class Discussion 25%
Class Reports on Readings 25%
Mid-Term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%

Each student will be assigned an oral report on one of the readings for the course. The report will be 5-7 pp. in length and will be handed in by the day following the class presentation. The report will be written and read to the class and should introduce the reading and make some comment upon it. Assignments will be made during the first class period. The exams will be in class essay exams. The quizzes will be given at the beginning of each class and will cover the readings for that day’s class. Great weight will be given in grading to the quality of the student’s class discussion. This is one of the chief reasons for the quizzes. Obviously, regular attendance is of the utmost importance.

I reserve the right to add and/or subtract from the course syllabus. I will likely bring written items to your attention from time to time that bear on our discussions, and I invite you to do the same.

Dr. Robert Jeffrey
597-4581 (o)
948-1297 (h)

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 Last Update: October 26, 2003