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Director: Margaret Williamson

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

06F, 07F: 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; Sophocles, Philoctetes; Chaucer, The Knight's Tale; Shakespeare, Othello; Lafayette, Princesse de Cleves; Beaumarchais, Marriage of Figaro; Freud, Dora; and Kafka, Metamorphosis.

Enrollment restricted to 60 first-year students. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Edmondson, Fodor, Williamson.

2. The Classical Tradition

07W, 08W: 12

A continuation of Humanities 1. Readings may include: Genesis; Homer, The Odyssey; Plato, Symposium; Dante, Inferno; Christine de Pizan, The Book of The City of Ladies; Keats, selections; Woolf, Mrs Dalloway; Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom; and selected short stories by Alice Munro.

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, Tarnowski, Williamson.