As some of you know, in order to dodge the inane anthologies that most grad student English teachers have to use in freshman comp classes, I’ve taken advantage of our department’s allowance for topics classes, proposing and teaching courses on Plato and the Hebrew Bible instead of Motives for Writing or Making Literature Matter. As I posted over at my blog, I’ve proposed a comp class based on the Enlightenment and featuring some John Locke, some Denis Diderot, some Adam Smith, and some Isaac Newton and organized around the chapters of Neil Postman’s Building a Bridge to the 18th Century. I hope the department gives it the green light; I’m already excited about teaching it.
I’ve also been trying as I can to keep up the story about University of Colorado’s plans to establish a chair of Conservative Thought and Policy, and the idea occurred to me: why not teach a comp class based on conservative philosophy? As you all know, I’m likely one of the two least conservative (small or large c) CRM contributors, but I do think that a course exploring the actual ideas rather than the campaign buzzwords might be fun to teach, and since this class wouldn’t take place until the fall of 2009, I could avoid all the flying feces that an election year might bring.
So I come to you all, the Conservative Reformed Mafia, asking if you have encountered any reasonably-priced anthologies of conservative thought from the last three centuries or so. The Portable Conservative Reader seems to be out of print, and I want something that has a broad chronological range of primary texts, so please don’t suggest volumes that have Buckley but not Burke or Goldwater but not Hopkins. If it had Aristotle, that would be even better, but I’ll take what suggestions I can get.
In a worst-case scenario I could simply assemble my own .pdf-based curriculum and put it on a password-protected class website, but a low-priced anthology would be even better. Come to think of it, if anyone knows of any book dealers that can assemble large quantities of out-of-print anthologies, that might help as well.
Thanks in advance, all.