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Anne Hall

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.

Courses Taught

spring 2017

ENGL 026.001 Shakespeare's Bible  

fall 2016

ENGL 238.301 Milton  

spring 2016

fall 2015

ENGL 033.001 Bible as Literature  

spring 2015

fall 2014

ENGL 359.301 Thomas Mann in Modernity  

spring 2014

ENGL 238.301 Milton  

fall 2013

ENGL 033.001 The Bible and Literature  

spring 2013

ENGL 033.001 Bible as Literature  

fall 2012

spring 2012

fall 2011

ENGL 359.401 Culture without the Cult  

spring 2011

fall 2010

spring 2010

fall 2009

spring 2009

fall 2008

spring 2008

ENGL 359.401 Culture Without the Cult  

fall 2007

ENGL 033.401 The Bible as Literature  

spring 2007

fall 2006

ENGL 033.401 The Bible as Literature  

spring 2006

fall 2005

ENGL 033.401 The Bible as Literature  

spring 2005

fall 2004

ENGL 033.001 The Bible as Literature  

spring 2004

fall 2003

ENGL 016.303 New Laws and New Orders  

spring 2003

fall 2002

spring 2002

ENGL 016.301 The Ancients & Shakespeare  

fall 2001

spring 2001

fall 2000

ENGL 299.304 Independent Study  

spring 2000

ENGL 037.001 Shakespeare Tragedies  

fall 1999

ENGL 235.301 Topics in Shakespeare