Fall 2011 -
Undergraduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
|Western Literary Tradition
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:
Required for all literary studies majors, this course introduces students to several works at the core of Western literary themes and practices as well as to the concept of “tradition” in literature and culture. “Tradition” and “culture” -however staid and stuffy they may sound in the abstract -are always in flux: they change in response to challenges, and they evolve also as individual artists attempt to explain them for new audiences.
Homer, The Odyssey
Aeschylus, The Oresteia
Sophocles, Three Theban Plays
Plato, The Republic (selections)
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (selections)
John Milton, Paradise Lost (selections)
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Course requirements include three examinations, including a comprehensive final exam, and in-class writing assignments.