Monday, Feb 4 : TOPIC: Love, Romance, Sex, and Passion. A special video interview with Dan Ariely and Cathy Davidson and @DukeSuprise. We will film today, and post on Valentine’s Day. Wear red, everyone!
ASSIGNMENT FOR FEBRUARY 4
Below are the readings for the February 4 class. For the blogging assignment this week, please do two things: (1) Suggest a favorite love story, love poem, or movie where love, passion, romance, or heartbreak are central themes; (2) Ask a question or two about love that we can use for our class discussion and our on-camera open discussion on February 4.
WHAT WRITERS AND SOCIAL SCIENTISTS SAY ABOUT LOVE
1) Three Short Stories About Love
O. Henry, “Gift of the Magi”
Alice Walker, “Am I Blue?”
Raymond Carver, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”
2) The Book of Love: Writers and their Love Letters (A PDF of these selections is available for students on our Duke Sakai page)
Cathy N. Davidson, Introduction: “In Theory In Practice In Love,” pp. 1-20. Writers on love and in love can be just as irrational as the rest of us. These actual, personal love letters by famous writers make an interesting contrast to the powerful fiction, poetry, and short stories they write about love.
Falling in Love
p. 23-24 Sappho to Anactoria, mid-Seventh Century BCE
pp. 31-34 Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet
pp. 36-37 Oscar Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas
pp. 50-51 Zelda Sayre to F. Scott Fitzgerald
pp. 52-53 Vita Sackville-West to Virginia Woolf
pp. 63-65 Pablo Neruda to Matilda Urrutia
Love Is Tender and Passionate
pp. 77-79 Emily Dickinson to Susan Gilbert
pp. 79-80 Emma Goldman to Ben Reitman
Parents and Children
pp. 139-140 Anne Sexton to Linda Gray Sexton
Remembrance of Love Past
pp. 256-259 Fred Vaughan to Walt Whitman
Falling in Love Again
pp. 273-274 Colette to Maurice Goudeket
3) What Social Science Says About Finding Love.
4) Suggested (optional) movie: Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution.
*For an extended list of crowd-source Recommended Readings, see our Surprise Endings Facebook page.