Women in Ancient Greece|
Spring 2008 not offered
Many of the archetypes of the female in the literature and culture of the West are derived from the myths and literature of Ancient Greece: Helen of Troy, Clytemnestra, Antigone, and Medea, for example. In this course we will read some of the texts in which these figures and their associated myths appear, and we will consider how the category of gender affects our understanding and interpretation. No previous knowledge of the material is assumed.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Preliminary list; final selection of readings dependent on text availability. Consult course syllabus on Wesleyan homepage for final list: http://www.wesleyan.edu/
Homer, ILIAD (selections);
Homer, ODYSSEY (selections);
Hesiod, THEOGONY, and selections from WORKS AND DAYS;
The Homeric Hymn to Demeter;
GREEK LYRIC POETRY (Alcman, Sappho, Pindar, Corinna; Women Poets of the Hellenistic Period);
Sophocles, ANTIGONE, ELECTRA;
Euripides, MEDEA, ELECTRA
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Regular assignments will include: assigned reading and background materials located on the Web Site for the course. Examinations: none. Papers: Three 3 to 5 page papers on suggested topics; One 7 to 10 page final paper; Papers will be posted on the Web and each class member will be required to comment on all papers. Papers will be graded for coherence and originality, and also for grammar and spelling.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Interested prospective students may consult the Web page for this course at: http://www.wesleyan.edu/~katz/cciv110.html No unexcused absences from class; students are expected to attend class and to participate regularly in class discussion.
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