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    EH 250: Honors World Literature I


    Honors World Literature I


    EH 250 aims to expose you to the literature from the writings of ancient culture to the eighteenth century. For this Honors Seminar, we will focus primarily on Western and Islamic literature. As an Honors Seminar this course will also focus on literary analysis and written argument, asking you to compose three substantial essays in which you engage critically with our course texts. Rather than immersing ourselves in hundreds of excerpts of works in an anthology, we will look primarily at six representative texts spanning nearly two thousand years of literary history. We will also look at textual analogues and textual progenies, at contextual readings and scholarly essays by critics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


    Course Syllabus

    Course Assignments

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    Calendar

    Texts

    BW= Beowulf

    OT= Oedipus Tyrannus

    M= The Metamorphoses

    TC= Troilus and Criseyde

    G= The Epic of Gilgamesh

    AN= The Arabian Nights

     

    Date      In-class activity (homework [HW] listed below date)

    Aug. 22 Review syllabus, dates, books

     

    Aug. 24 Anglo-Saxon England, “Caedmon’s Hymn

    HW: Read BW pp.138-141 “The Wanderer”, pp. 146-148“The Ruin”, pp. 163-166 “The Fortunes of Men,” and (handout) “Dream of the Rood”

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    Aug. 27 “Dream of the Rood”, “The Wanderer,” “The Ruin,” and “The Fortunes of Men”

    HW: Read BW Beowulf poem lines 1-870; pp. 91-95 excerpts from The Bible and Tacitus

     

    Aug. 29 Beowulf

    HW: Read BW poem (lines 870-1456) and pp. 126-128 “The Manuscript Context”, pp. 183-191 “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle excerpts and Anglo-Saxon Law excerpts”

     

    Aug. 31 Beowulf

    Hw: Read BW finish poem; pp. 200-216 “From Grettir’s Saga

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    Sept. 3 No class-Labor Day

     

    Sept. 5 Beowulf

    HW: Read BW pp. 192-196 “Old English Religious Prose”, pp. 217-227 “Old Norse Prose excerpts”

     

    Sept. 7 finish Beowulf discussion

    HW: complete Reading Response Essay; Read OT pp. 35-52 “Passages from Ancient Authors”  and “Religion and Psychology: Some Studies”

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    Sept 10 Reading Response Essay Due, Ancient Authors

    HW: Read OT text of Oedipus Tyrranus

     

    Sept. 12 Oedipus Tyrranus

    HW: Read OT pp. 75-82 “Aristotle’s Poetics excerpts” and pp. 135-136 “Nietzsche” and pp. 178-187 “Oedipus and the Absurd Life” and “The Tragic Rhythm of Action”

     

    Sept. 14 Oedipus Tyrranus

    HW: Read OT pp. 191-204 “The Innocence of Oedipus”

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    Sept. 17 finish Oedipus Tyrranus discussion

    HW: Read M pp. 439-467 Ovid “Contexts”

     

    Sept. 19 introduce Ovid and his literary contexts

    HW: Read M Book I: The Shaping of Changes

     

    Sept. 21 Ovid’s Metamorphoses

    HW: Complete First Essay; begin reading M Book VI: “Of Praise and Punishment”

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    Sept. 24 ; Ovid’s Metamorphoses

    HW: Read M Book VIII: “Impious Acts and Exemplary Lives”

     

    Sept. 26 Ovid’s Metamorphoses

    HW: Read M Book X: “The Songs of Orpheus”

     

    Sept. 28 Ovid’s Metamorphoses

    HW: Finish Essay 1

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    Oct. 1 First Essay Due; Ovid’s Metamorphoses

     

    Oct. 3-5 no class

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    Oct. 8 film The Seventh Seal

     

    Oct. 10 film cont. The Seventh Seal

    HW: Read Boccaccio’s Prologue to the Decameron

     

    Oct. 12 Italian Renaissance and Plague

    HW: Read Petrarch excerpts (ANGEL); Boethius excerpt (ANGEL); Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato “Prefatory Letter” (ANGEL)

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    Oct. 15 Chaucer and the Troilus

    HW: Read TC Books

     

    Oct. 17 Troilus and Criseyde

    HW: Read TC Book II

     

    Oct. 19 Troilus and Criseyde

    HW: Read TC Book III

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    Oct. 22 Troilus and Criseyde

    HW: Read and comment on Sample Essay

     

    Oct. 24 Essay evaluations

    HW: Read TC Book IV


    Oct. 26 Troilus and Criseyde

    HW: Read TC Book V

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    Oct. 29  finish Troilus and Criseyde

    HW: Read G pp. 3-37 (Tablets I-IV)

     

    Oct. 31 Gilgamesh

    HW: Read G 38-60 (Tablets V-VII)

     

    Nov. 2 Gilgamesh

    HW: Read G 61-83 (Tablets VIII-X)

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    Nov. 5 Second Essay Due; Gilgamesh

    HW: Finish G text (Tablet XI)


    Nov. 7 Gilgamesh

    Hw: Read Genesis Chapters 1 and 11, 6-9 and Koran Suras 1-2, 71

     

    Nov. 9 Bible and Koran on Language

    HW:  Read AN “Prologue” to “Merchant and the Demon” (p. 23)

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    Nov. 12 Arabian Nights

    HW:  Read AN “First Old Man’s Tale” to “Fisherman and the Demon” (p. 36)

     

    Nov. 14 Arabian Nights

    HW:  Read AN “Tale of King Yunan” to “Husband and the Parrot” (p. 42); ; pp. 426-433 (“A Thousand and One Nights in European Culture”)

     

    Nov. 16 Arabian Nights and translation

    HW: Read AN “The Story of the Three Apples” and “The Story of the Hunchback”

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    Nov. 19 Arabian Nights

    HW: Read AN pp. 356-372 (Poe’s “The Thousand and Second Tale”)

     

    Nov. 21-23 No class

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    Nov. 26 Arabian Nights in America

    HW: Read AN “The Story of Sinbad the Sailor” pp. 303-316

     

    Nov. 28 “Sinbad the Sailor”

    HW: Read AN “The Story of Sinbad the Sailor” pp. 316 -332

     

    Nov. 30 Sinbad the Sailor”

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    Dec. 3 Exam review, wrap-up

     

    Dec. 5 Final Paper Due

     

    Dec. 12 11:30am-2pm Final Exam



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