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Humanities

Director: Ellis Shookman

The following courses are offered by the Division of the Humanities. Humanities 1 and 2 are intended for election by first-year students. Humanities 2 may be elected to satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement, after completion of Humanities 1.

1. The Classical Tradition

08F, 09F: 12

An introduction to Greek and Roman influences on Western Literature. Readings may include: Homer’s Iliad, Euripides’ Bacchae, Plato’s Phaedrus, Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Pope’s Rape of the Lock, Goethe’s Werther, Mann’s Death in Venice, and Wolf’s Cassandra. The course alternates between lectures and discussion sections, with emphasis on students’ class participation and essay writing.

Enrollment restricted to 60 first-year students. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Brown, Rainer, Shookman.

2. The Classical Tradition

09W, 10W: 12

A continuation of the introduction to Greek and Roman influences on Western Literature begun in Humanities 1. Readings may include: Virgil’s Aeneid, Seneca’s Phaedra, Dante’s Inferno, Racine’s Phaedra, Balzac’s Girl With the Golden Eyes, Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Borges’s The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory, and Sijie’s Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress. The course alternates between lectures and discussion sections, with emphasis on students’ class participation and essay writing.

Prerequisite: Humanities 1, or the permission of the course director. Students using Humanities 2 to satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement must have passed Humanities 1. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Graver, Shookman, Wine.