Office hours: TR 10-12 & MWF by appt.
MCVR 115, 334-4690
Course description: This course involves extensive reading of European literature in translation. These texts are famous and foundational in Western cultural heritage. They are vital for understanding not only the past but literature up to and including the present.
Course goals: The student successfully completing this course will be able
--Read the texts carefully and discuss them in terms of their literary characteristics;
--Analyze the texts in an educated fashion and demonstrate his or her understanding in clear writing;
--Examine these texts in light of their cultural, historical, and intellectual contexts;
--Enjoy some of the most wonderful literature ever written.
Texts: Do not try to substitute other editions of these books.
Homer, The Iliad (Anchor Books), trans. Fitzgerald
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Dover)
Sophocles, Antigone (Dover)
Virgil, Aeneid (Penguin Classics), trans. Knight
Augustine, Confessions (Penguin Classics), trans. Pine-Coffin
The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes, trans. Staines
Dante Alighieri, The Inferno (Signet Classic), trans. Ciardi
Dante Alighieri, The Paradiso (Signet Classic), trans. Ciardi
A. To read each assignment carefully and come to class prepared to discuss it;
B. To come to class with texts and to follow along as we discuss. The second time that a student comes to class without a text, he or she will be counted absent for the day.
C. To fulfill reading-log assignments.
D. To take four exams (identification and essay) on the days scheduled.
Reading logs and general participation. 10%
Unscheduled quizzes 10%
Four exams (20% each) 80%
Extra credit for high-quality class participation.
Attendance: Absences, tardies, and early leave-takings will be regarded as evidence of your indifference. Your grades will be reduced after three absences and you will be dropped from the class after missing four classes. This rule does apply to students who have added late.
Honor Policy: All work in this class should be governed by the UNCG Academic Honor Policy. I consider the use of Cliff’s Notes or any crib resource a violation of that policy. Any work submitted as your own will receive an F if I find that you have used others’ ideas without attribution. A second violation will result in an F for the course and subject you to University disciplinary policies.
Schedule (subject to revision):
8/16 Introduction to class and Homeric world
8/18 Iliad, Books 1, 2, 3
8/20 Iliad, Bks 4, 5
8/23 Il. Bks 6, 7, 9
8/25 Il. Bks 11, 14, 15
8/27 Il. Bks 16, 17, 18
8/30 Il. Bks 19, 20, 21
9/1 Il. Bks 22, 23 (ll. 1-330)
9/3 Il. Bk. 24
9/6 Labor Day
9/8 Oedipus Rex
9/13 Antigone cont.
9/15 Exam 1
9/17 Aeneid Intro & Bks 1-2
9/20 Aeneid Bks 3-4
9/22 Aeneid Bks 6-7
9/24 Aeneid Bks 8, 10
9/27 Aeneid Bks 11-12
9/29 Augustine, Confessions (as assigned)
10/8 Exam 2. Last day to drop without penalty.
10/11 Fall break
10/13 Chrétien de Troyes, “The Knight of the Cart”
10/15 Chrétien, “The Knight of the Cart”
10/18 Petrarch, Sonnets (Handout)
10/20 Chrétien, “Erec and Enide”: Group Reading Log
10/22 Marie de France, “Eliduc” (OL Reserve): Group Reading Log
10/25 Discussion: “Erec and Enide” and “Eliduc” 11/22
10/27 Dante, Inferno, Intro and Cantos 1-3 11/24 & 26: Thanksgiving
10/29 Inferno 4-7
11/29 Paradiso 14-20
11/1 Inferno 8-11 12/1 Paradiso 21-27
11/3 Inferno 12-15 12/3 Paradiso 28-32
11/5 Inferno 16-20
12/6 Paradiso 33 & Review
11/8 Inferno 21-25
11/10 Inferno 26-30 Exam 4: 01s: Wed. 12/8, 12-3 p.m.
11/12 Inferno 31-34 02s: Mon. 12/13, 8-11 a.m.
11/15 Exam 3
11/17 Paradiso Intro & Cantos 1-2
11/19 Paradiso Cantos 3-7