Homer and the Epic|
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
In this course we will read both the Iliad and the Odyssey (in English translation). These two great epics are recognized as the first major texts of the Western literary tradition, and they have had an incalculable influence on everything from literature, to history, to the visual arts. Through a close reading of both epics, we will consider issues such as Homeric composition and poetic practice, heroes and the heroic code, the relation between humans and gods, the role of fate, and the structure of Homeric society (e.g., the status of women; clan and community). We will also read a number of contemporary critical essays to help us frame our discussions.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CLST-Literature)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Homer, ILIAD (trans. Peter Green); Homer, ODYSSEY (trans. Stanley Lombardo); selected modern essays, available either online or photocopied.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Four short (2pp.) papers; one slightly longer (5-7pp.) final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Consistent attendance and participation in class discussion are essential.
|Instructor(s): Szegedy-Maszak,Andrew Times: .MTWRF. 10:00AM-12:00PM; .MTWRF. 01:00PM-03:00PM; Location: BOGH110; ; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 16||SR major: 1||JR major: 1|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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