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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

04F, 05F: 12

Selected texts of Western literature from Homer to the twentieth century. The course alternates between lectures and discussion sections, with emphasis on student participation and essay writing. Readings may include: Homer, The Iliad; Euripides, Bacchae; Plato, Phaedrus; Shakespeare, Twelfth Night; Racine, Andromache; Pope, The Rape of the Lock; Graffigny, Letters from a Peruvian Woman; Mann, Death in Venice; and lyric poetry.

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

2. The Classical Tradition

05W, 06W: 12

A continuation of Humanities 1. Readings may include: Genesis; Virgil, The Aeneid; Dante, Inferno; Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther; Austen, Persuasion; Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!; and Walcott, Omeros.

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. Brown, Shookman, Tarnowski.