Anne Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall 324
215-573-4577

office hours:

T/R 1:30-2:30 and by appointment

Lecturer, B.A. Wellesley College, M.A.T. Harvard University, Ph.D. Stanford University

For twenty-five years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I taught courses in Renaissance literature, poetry, and classical literature in translation (both poetry and philosophy). With a wonderful colleague, Prof. Larry Goldberg, I taught a four-semester sequence on "The Elements of Politics."

For the profession, I wrote on Renaissance prose, Spenser, Sidney, and some theoretical question about the study of Renaissance literature (chiefly, the question, "Is there such a thing as too much history?") Then, for personal reasons, I left UNC and found myself in the happy position of having plenty of leisure for what I love best--dwelling with great thinking in great books.

My goal as a teacher of literature is to analyze a poem's structure of feeling and to judge its success in answering the emotional difficulties it raises. My goal as a teacher of literature treated philosophically is to discover the fundamental difficulties in the human condition that the author is wrestling with. I agree with Marianne Moore that the greatest of life's vitalities is "the zest for perfection as it communicates its excitement to others." My courses at Penn have been Shakespeare; Poetry and Philosophy in Ancient Greece; Old Bonds, New Contracts and the Problem of Money; The Tide and Seaweed of History; The Bible as Literature; Belief in the Age of the Educated Cosmopolite.

last updated 2013/05/07

Awards

2008 Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence by Non-Standing and Affiliated Faculty

Courses Taught

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

English
359.301

Spring 2014

English
238.301

Fall 2013

English
033.001

Spring 2013

English
033.001

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

English
359.401

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Fall 2009

Spring 2009

Fall 2008

Spring 2008

English
359.401

Fall 2007

English
033.401

Spring 2007

Fall 2006

English
033.401

Spring 2006

Fall 2005

English
033.401

Spring 2005

Fall 2004

English
033.001

Spring 2004

Fall 2003

English
016.303

Spring 2003

Fall 2002

Spring 2002

English
016.301

Fall 2001

Spring 2001

Fall 2000

Spring 2000

English
037.001

Fall 1999

English
235.301

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