LAT 380J • Proseminar in Classical Literature
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course is designed for first-year graduate students as a brief survey of Latin literature, from its origins through the fourth century CE. I have four primary aims: to provide an outline of the history of Latin literature, which the student will then fill in through coursework and independent reading; to offer a general introduction to the various methodological approaches that have especially influenced scholarship on Latin literature; to strengthen Latin reading and comprehension; and to encourage students to think critically about the practice of literary history. Students will be expected to read approximately 500 lines of Latin text per week as well as extensive sections of either Conte's literary history. In addition, each student will be responsible for presenting to the class a text (or author or genre) that has, for one reason or another, been excluded from traditional literary historical treatments. Class meetings will consist of a combination of close readings of the Latin text and discussion of that text, its context, and its reception.
G.B. Conte, Latin Literature: A History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999). P.E. Easterling & B.M.W. Knox (eds.), The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Volume 1 (Cambridge University Press, 1985). T.N. Habinek, The Politics of Latin Literature: Writing, Identity, and Empire in Ancient Rome (Princeton University Press, 2001).