Brief Description of Course: The primary point of this course is simple: have fun reading literature. Along the way, we will also try to figure out what is so great, or so dangerous, or so inspiring, or so terrifying, about literary art. There have been many opinions. We begin three thousand years ago, with Homer’s The Odyssey, and we end in 2011, with Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. In between we will look at different sorts of fiction—epics, romances, erotic poems, novels, a movie—all with an eye to describing what people mean when they say “literature,” how it has changed over time, and why reading it is so amazing.
Required Reading: TBA.
First Three Authors/Texts: Homer; Plato; Vergil.
Method of Instruction: Lecture and tutorials.
Method of Evaluation: Three papers, exam and mandatory tutorial attendance.