Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Michaelson, Pat
Discipline and Number
LIT 3300 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Western Literary Tradition

Description of Course:

Western Literary Tradition is designed to introduce students to some major texts of the Western canon and to explore the continuities that make a tradition. We will read works from the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods. Our focus will be twofold: first, what does this literary work tell us about its culture? How does it reflect and shape the values, beliefs, and customs of its time? Second, what are the text's qualities as a "poiesis" or "made thing"? What literary conventions does it utilize? How does it adapt and alter the literary tradition?

Required Texts:

May include:
Sophocles, Oedipus the King
Aristotle, Poetics
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
Homer, The Odyssey
Dante, The Inferno
Milton, Paradise Lost
Goethe, Faust (part one)
Shelley, Frankenstein

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

1. Preparation for and active participation in class discussion.
2. Weekly quizzes.
3. Twenty pages of writing, a mix of informal reaction papers, formal papers, and revision.

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