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 of the Ancient World. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Gt. Bks. 191 or Classical Civ. 101. (4). (HU).
Section 001 Self-Knowledge, Shapes of Hell, and Journeys into New Lands.
Using the best available English translations, we will read, discuss, and write about books from ancient Mesopotamia, the great Gilgamesh epic (a story of heroic victories, friendship, and death); from Greece, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the Oedipus tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides' Medea, Plato's Republic, and Apollonius' Argonautica (the story of the voyage of Jason in the ship Argo to get the golden fleece); and from Rome, Virgil's Aeneid. "Know yourself," commanded Apollo's ancient oracle at Delphi, and a poet advised, "Knowing yourself, be it." The discovery of and growth into the self will be our central focus as we learn about defining journeys in the lives of Gilgamesh, Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, Medea, Socrates, Jason, and Aeneas. Their travels will be physical in space and time, psychological, moral/ethical, intellectual, spiritual, or some combination of these. Realizing heaven will require both literal and metaphoric descents into hell. In the end, we should know not only who these figure are and how they became themselves, but also a good deal more about who we human beings are and what potential resides within us. Our conversation with and about these ancients will require about a dozen pages of writing in several shortish papers, a midterm, and a final. (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. Non-honor students and Honor freshpersons need permission of the Great Books Director. (Cameron, Amrine, Makin, Siebers).

331(320)/Spanish 331. Great Books of Spain and Latin America. Open to students at all levels. A knowledge of Spanish is not required. May not be included in a concentration plan in Spanish (or teaching certificate major or minor). (3). (HU).

See Spanish 331. (Colás)


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