Great Books Courses (Division 382)

191. Great Books. Open to Honors freshmen only. (4). (HU).

Great Books 191 will survey the classical works of ancient Greece. Among the readings will be Homer's ILIAD and ODYSSEY; a number of the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes; Herodotus' HISTORIES; Thucydides' HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR; and several of Plato's dialogues. The course format is two lectures and two discussion meetings a week. Six to eight short papers will be assigned; there will be midterm and final examinations. Great Books 191 is open to freshmen in the Honors Program, and to other students with the permission of the Director of the Great Books Program. (Cameron)

201. Great Books. Gt. Bks. 201 is not open to students who have taken Gt. Bks. 191 or Classical Civ. 101. (3). (HU).

SECTION 001. Unless you care to think and talk and write about such matters as friendship, honor, courage, loyalty, responsibility, goodness, death, desire, power, and justice, this course is not for you. If you do care about what is true or noble or good, you may enjoy the contacts we will make, through reading excellent English translations, with the Greek roots of Western Civilization. Our texts will include Homer's ILIAD and ODYSSEY (the Lattimore translations); selections from the HISTORIES of Herodotus; selected tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; a couple of Plato's shorter dialogues and the REPUBLIC; and selections from Aristotle's ETHICS. As well as attending and participating in class, students will write 10 one-page papers, a midterm, and a final exam. (Wallin)

Section 002. We are, perhaps more than we suspect, shaped in our habits of thought and action, by our Western heritage. Our roots lie in Greece, Rome, and Israel, and our knowledge of who we are depends in large part on our knowledge of those forces which have helped form us. What meaning does it have for my life, for example, that I know I have to die? With this question we approach Homer's ILIAD and the Exodus of the Hebrew Bible. Whether in Thucydides' portrayal of the struggle between Athens and Sparta or in the tragic drama of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, or in Plato's investigation of the meaning of life in the Socratic dialogues, or in Rome's struggle for eternal peace, it is always the dark mystery of human existence which fuels man's desire to know who he is. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, two or three short papers, midterm, and final exam. (Paslick)

Section 003. In this course you will read, discuss, and write about a number of books that have achieved a very special standing in our culture. Written two thousand years ago for audiences with backgrounds and expectations totally unlike our own, these books have preserved their value and importance with ease. Because they force us to consider important questions and values, because they make us think about the kind of persons we are or want to be, these books are as much our heritage as the rules of arithmetic. I want you to become comfortable reading some of these books and eager to use them in forming your own education. The works we will read will include Homer's ILIAD, the history of Herodotus, some Greek dramatists, and Plato. Besides the readings and class discussions, you will be responsible for two short essays, an hour exam, and the final. (Lindner)

Section 004. See SECTION 001 above. (Wallin)

291. Great Books of Modern Literature. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the College Honors Program. (4). (HU).

This course is designed to be a continuation of Great Books 192 for Honors sophomores primarily, and deals with books from the Renaissance to the present. Great Books 192 dealt thematically with the integration of the individual into larger institutions and traditions, and the sequel, Great Books 291, will deal with the subsequent resistance, repudiation, and withdrawal from such traditional communities. There will be two lectures and two recitations each week. The texts will be: Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE; Goethe, FAUST; Dostoevsky, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT; Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY; and either Melville, MOBY DICK or Twain, HUCKLEBERRY FINN. (Cameron, Casa, Ferran, Mersereau, Siebers, Weisbuch).


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