The "Hero" and "Saint" in the 13th-19th Centuries
This paper traces the development of the concepts of "hero" and "saint" from the time of St. Francis and Dante in the thirteenth century to the time of Kierkegaard in the nineteenth century. The period saw an increased tendency toward secularism, rationalism and heroic individualism. Yet, the saintly values of faith and serving others continue to be important factors in the philosophical quest for meaning in life.
"ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH" (CHINUA ACHEBE).
Critical review of novel on conflict between powerful & powerless in colonial Africa, political & personal corruption, characters, plot; compared to earlier novel [Things Fall Apart].
The Multiple Personalities of Joan of Arc
A comparison between Mark Twain's novel, and the 2002 CBS miniseries version of the story of Joan of Arc. Discusses other versions, hisorical inaccuracies, importance of subject.
The Secular Saint
This paper discusses the concept of the secular saint as espoused by Professor Ambrosio, and touching on Simone Weil, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa, with references to movies that Professor Ambrosio relates to the discussion.
"LIFE IS A DREAM."
Analysis of Pedro Calderon De La Barca's drama. Central characters. Philosophy & themes of this secular play. Comparison with "Don Quijote."