Dave’s comment reminded me that I’ve been meaning to put this up for a while:
Please join the University of Maryland English Department Eighteenth-Century Reading group for a discussion of:
The Enlightenment: FOR or AGAINST? (Part 1)
Did the Enlightenment free humanity from the tyranny of superstition or did it create more powerful forms of social control through new technologies of power? Did it lay the groundwork for fascism or for human rights? Should we build more yahoo-skin canoes and paddle back to Houyhnhnmland, or have we been voted off that island forever? Unless you’re too busy extracting sunbeams from cucumbers, please weigh in on the Enlightenment on Monday, June 18th, 1-3 pm in Susquehanna 3105, University of Maryland.
Readings for Part 1:
Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Nothing like a little Frankfurt School to get everyone out of the grading slough of despond! If you can’t put down your two cents on the Enlightenment in person, please jump in with a post or comment.