Courses in GREAT BOOKS (DIVISION 382)

191. Great Books. Open to Honors freshmen only. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 201 or Classical Civ. 101. (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. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 191 or Classical Civ. 101. (3). (HU).

SECTION 001: THE GREEKS AND THE HEBREWS. 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 and Hebrew roots of Western Civilization. Our texts will include both Homeric epics, the ILIAD and ODYSSEY; selected tragic dramas of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; probably selections from THE HISTORY of Herodotus; selected dialogues of Plato; and selections from the Hebrew Bible, probably including Genesis, the Exodus narrative, and Job. The class will be limited to thirty students. Requirements include attendance and participation, the best ten of twelve one-page papers, a midterm, and a final exam. Cost:2 WL:1 (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 Twain, HUCKLEBERRY FINN. [Cost:2] [WL:3] (Cameron, Amrine, Makin, Siebers).

393. Great Books in Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts. (1). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 3 credits under different topics.
Sophoclean Tragedy.
This short course will meet October 6 through November 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Student grades will be based upon class participation, a short paper (4-5 pages), and an exam to be given in the last class meeting, Thursday, November 19. Our two texts will be: Sophocles, The Three Theban Tragedies (Penguin edition, translation by R. Fagles), and Sophocles II: Four Tragedies (University of Chicago paperback). We will read, discuss, interpret, and criticize all seven of the extant tragedies of the central figure among the three surviving Greek tragedians. The poet Matthew Arnold described Sophocles as a man who "saw life steadily and saw it whole" but also as one who heard "the eternal note of sadness" and was preeminently sensitive to "the turbid ebb and flow of human misery." We will explore the pervasive theme of the justice of the universe in the plays, and such other themes as human responsibility, necessity, and freedom. Oedipus, Ajax, Antigone, Electra, Philoctetes, Creon and others and their choices will hold our attention as we try to understand the nature of tragedy as Sophocles wrote it. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wallin)


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