COMPLIT 382 - Literature and the Other Arts
Section: 002 Greek Myth in Film
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Cinema has often tried to depict the Greek gods, heroines, and lands in the same terms as the ancients talked about them — by faithfully recreating their world. But it has also often tried to update them or bring them closer to a different reality. What happens when films adapt Greek tales to alien or modern times, places, and characters? This course will examine the uses of Greek myth in movies (and to a lesser degree works for the stage) that remove the stories from their original setting and take them to different lands and periods. The goal of the course is to examine the mutually reinforcing overlap among myth, literature, and cinema. The movies will have neither columns nor monsters but they will show how fate can still turn us all into wandering, questioning Greeks. By following the travels and transformations of mythical figures through the centuries, the course will introduce students to the comparative study of literature across different cultures, languages, and genres.

Course Requirements:

Class participation, short class presentation, midterm, final.

Class Format:

Two 90 minute meetings per week

COMPLIT 382 - Literature and the Other Arts
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002 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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