GREEK 870 - Topics in Greek Literature
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Aristotle's Poetics
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Greek (GREEK)
Department: LSA Classical Studies
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course will consist of a close reading and interpretation of Aristotle's Poetics and related texts in the original Greek. The Poetics is the foundational work of Western literary theory, aesthetics, and linguistics, and has had a profound influence on notions of genre, plot, character, diction, and the purpose of poetry, in the notoriously controversial idea of catharsis. Since the Poetics was Aristotle's lectures rather than a published work and was the last item in the Medieval collection of his corpus, it is not well preserved. However, improved readings and manuscript sources, including Medieval translations into Latin, Syriac, and Arabic as well as new fragments of Aristotle's lost dialogue On Poets found in the Herculaneum papyri, will shed new light on many aspects of it, including the idea of catharsis. The course will test-run a new edition of the Poetics that I have been creating, based on these sources.

Course Requirements:

The relative brevity of the Greek text will be counterbalanced by its difficulty. There will be a midterm and final to measure understanding of the text and a term research paper, which will count for most of the grade.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students with knowledge of Greek. Participants who also know Latin and Arabic will be most welcome. Others may be admitted by permission of the instructor.

Class Format:

One three hour meeting per week

Schedule

GREEK 870 - Topics in Greek Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
30754
Open
3
 
-
M 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for GREEK 870.001

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for GREEK 870 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)