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Humanities

Director: Margaret Williamson

The following courses are offered by the Division of the Humanities. Humani-ties 1 and 2 are intended for election by first-year students. Humanities 1 and 2 together satisfy the First-Year Seminar requirement. Students who are exempt from Writing 5 may elect Humanities 1 and 2 as their seminar choice. Students who are not exempt may also elect Humanities 1 and 2 in lieu of their seminar (space permitting), but will take Writing 5 concurrently with Humanities 1.

1. Dialogues with the Classics

10F, 11F: 12

An introduction to some of the classics of Western Literature and the ways in which later writers have engaged with them. Readings may include: Homer’s Iliad; Plato’s Symposium; The Book of Job; Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus; Molière’s Tartuffe; Pope’s The Rape of the Lock; Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway; Christa Wolf’s Cassandra. The course alternates between lectures and discussion sections, with emphasis on students’ class participation and essay writing.

Enrollment restricted to 48 first-year students. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Brown, Kretler, Rainer (Fall director).

2. Dialogues with the Classics

11W, 12W: 12

A continuation of Humanities 1. Readings may include: Sophocles’ Ajax, Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (selections); Dante’s Inferno; Shakespeare’s Othello; Flaubert’s Madame Bovary; Kafka’s Metamorphosis, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. 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. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Edmondson, Tarnowski, Williamson.