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. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Cameron)

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

Unless you care to read stories that provoke thinking, talking, and writing about such matters as human nature, the self and the relation of the individual to the community and to the eternal, death, courage, honor, responsibility, loyalty, friendship, love, power, and justice, this course is not for you. If you do care about what is true or noble or good, then you may enjoy the contacts we will make, through English translations, with the Greek roots of Western Civilization. Our texts will include both Homeric epics, the ILIAD and ODYSSEY; selected tragic dramas of Aeschylus (the ORESTEIA), Sophocles, and Euripides; and selected dialogues of Plato, perhaps including the REPUBLIC. the class will be limited to thirty students. Requirements include attendance and participation, ten one-page papers, a midterm, and a final exam. (Wallin)

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

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. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Cameron, Adorno, Amrine, Makin, Siebers).

320. Great Books of Latin American Narrative (Twentieth Century Novel). Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl).

The course will be divided into three parts with the purpose of exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of Latin American cultures and literatures. The first part will de devoted to the Amerindian traditions in contemporary novels and testimonial narratives. The second part will be devoted to Great Books in which problems of gender, class, and race could be discussed. It will be based on women writers and Caribbean authors. The third part will consist of novels in which issues related to the "post-modern condition" and "Third World" cultures could be discussed. Some of the books that we will read include I, RIGOBERTA MENCHU, THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS by Isabel Allende, Michelle Cliff's ABENG, Jorge Luis Borges' LABYRINTHS, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA by Garcia Marquez and Vargas Llosa's THE STORYTELLER. Critical essays will be required. There will be two lectures each week. [Cost:5] [WL:4] (Mignolo)


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