T C 603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
In this class, we will read a selection of ancient (Greek and Roman) and modern poems, plays, novels, and other literary texts, loosely constructed around the themes of travel, adventure, and self-knowledge. Part of the goal is to explore how the foundational texts of antiquity not only continued to resonate with and influence later writers, but also were thoroughly transformed and renewed by them. Another goal, of course, is to enjoy these works for their intrinsic literary qualities as much as for their literary-historical significance. In order to ensure that you will be able to elegantly articulate your ideas about these texts, we will also spend a lot of time in class on discussion and practicing writing.
Your grade will be based upon four short papers (4-6 pages) and two essay examinations. The papers will count for roughly 60% of your grade, the exams for 20%, and class participation for 20%.
Homer, The Odyssey Plato (selections) Herodotus, The Histories (selections) Sophocles, Oedipus the King Euripides, Medea Lucian, A True Story Apuleius, The Golden Ass Swift, Gulliver's Travels Fielding, Tom Jones (selections) Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma