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Director: Monika C. 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

05F, 06F: 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: Ovid, Metamorphoses; Wolfram von Eschenbach, Parzival; Dante, The Divine Comedy; Cervantes, Don Quixote; Marx, The Communist Manifesto; Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard; Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams; Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; and a selection of sonnets from Petrarch to Baudelaire.

Enrollment restricted to 60 first-year students. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Otter, Rota, Sokol.

2. The Classical Tradition

06W, 07W: 12

A continuation of Humanities 1. Readings may include: Aeschylos, Agamemnon; Homer, The Odyssey; Christine de Pizan, The City of Ladies; Molière, The Would-Be Gentleman; de Graffigny, Letters from a Peruvian Woman; Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther; Austen, Emma; Kafka, “In the Penal Colony” and other short texts 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, Fodor, Rainer.