Mrs. Van Zant's Humanities Series Class Material

Supplemental class handouts and notes (1980-1983)

It is my understanding that Claire Van Zant destroyed all of her lecture notes upon retirement. I am not sure if this is true. If it is true, I have no idea what her reasoning was. Perhaps she was worried about them being used carelessly. Perhaps she just felt it was time for it all to be well and done. Regardless, I share her supplemental class materials here with the profoundest respect for her skill and expertise. I ask that the reader enjoy them (for private purposes) with equal respect and not share them. Rather, please direct people to this site.

This is quite a list. The links to the pdfs will be added a bit at a time and so if you attempt to click on something and come up empty, check back later

Humanities I, Ancient Athens
Humanities I, New York and Contemporary America
Humanities II, Man and God
Humanities II, Measure of Modern Man
  • Russian Literature
  • A Chronicle of Dostoyevsky's Life
  • Crime and Punishment: The Principal Characters
  • Crime and Punishment: Discussion questions for Part II
  • Crime and Punishment: The Symbolism of the Kiss of Submission
  • Crime and Punishment: Final Questions
  • Crime and Punishment: Final Essay Questions
  • Notes on Existentialism
  • Notes on Attitudes and Beliefs Common to an Existential Philosophy and to Existential Literature
  • Extraordinary Man Theories
  • To understand nihilism is to know the experience of nothingness
  • The Existential Imagination
  • Existential: Topics for Writing Projects
Humanities III, Beyond Enlightenment
  • Questions on Hard Times, Eugenie Grandet, Old Goriot, Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina
  • Old Goriot: Oral presentations
  • "The Voice of Flaubert"
  • "Flaubert and the Woman Who Was His Diary"
  • "The Temptation of St. Anthony" - H. Bosch
  • Questions on Madame Bovary
  • Principle Characters of Anna Karenina
  • Questions on Anna Karenina
  • Questions on The Brothers Karamazov
  • Chronology of the life of Balzac
  • Chronology of the life of Flaubert
  • Chronology of the life of Tolstoy