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Humanities

Director: Monika Otter

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

09F, 10F: 12

An introduction to Greek and Roman influences on Western Literature. Readings may include: Ovid’s Metamorphoses; the Book of Genesis; Aeschylus’s Agamemnon; Augustine’s Confessions; Dante’s Divine Comedy; Cervantes’ Don Quixote; Buchner’s Woyzeck; Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; and short stories by Borges. 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, Katz, Otter.

2. The Classical Tradition

10W, 11W: 12

A continuation of the introduction to Greek and Roman influences on Western Literature begun in Humanities 1. Readings may include: Homer’s Iliad; Plato’s Symposium; Heliodorus’s Aethiopika; Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy; Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida; Flaubert’s Mme Bovary; Eliot’s The Waste Land; and Coetzee’s Disgrace. 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. Crewe, Kretler, Tarnowski.