The poetry of Catullus often has an immediate appeal to contemporary readers. In Tom Stoppard's play THE INVENTION OF LOVE, the claim is made that he invented love as we think of it. But in addition to his love poetry, Catullus is also the writer of a mini-mythological epic (an epyllion), an account of the strange story of the self-castration of Attis, wedding hymns, translations from Greek lyric, invective, and elegy. In this course, we will read an extensive selection of Catullus' poetry and discuss the critical issues they raise in the light of selected readings from modern scholarship.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
We will continually engage with issues of the interpretation of Catullus' poetry throughout the semester. Reading any Latin poetry is an excercise in intercultural literacy, triangulated between our own modern perceptions, the Roman world that formed the immediate cultural context for Catullus' poetry, and often the Greek literary forms and sensibilities that lie behind much Latin literature.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CLST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
STUDENTS' CATULLUS, ed. Daniel H. Garrison (ISBN 978041536826X)
Selected Secondary Readings
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Translation exam; mid-term (paper or exam); final paper
Regular passages to prepare in Latin for each class
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance expected. Students should have two years of college Latin or the equivalent.
|Instructor(s): Donovan,Lauren Marie Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: DWNY208; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 3||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 2||SO: 3||FR: 3|
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