COMPLIT 430 - Comparative Studies in Fiction
Section: 001 Epic, Ancient and Mafia
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
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This course explores the limits of epic in different historical contexts and media: Classical epic poetry (Greek and Roman) and the American Mafia film tradition. How do these works define or align themselves with epic as a genre? What are their characteristics, and how do audiences participate in creating them? Primary material will include classical epics (Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Apollonius’ Argonautica, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Lucan’s Civil War) and Mafia film and television (Little Caesar, Scarface, Godfather Trilogy, The Sopranos), with appropriate critical and theoretical bibliography.

Attendance and participation in class, regular viewing journal entries, a class presentation, and two developed writing assignments.

COMPLIT 430 - Comparative Studies in Fiction
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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