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).

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)

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)


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