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Humanities

Director: John Kopper

The following courses are offered by the Division of the Humanities. Humanities 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

11F, 12F: 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 Odyssey; Aeschylus’ Agamemnon; Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida; Pope’s The Rape of the Lock; Joyce’s Dubliners; stories by Franz Kafka; and Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. 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, Kopper (Fall director), Stamelman.

2. Dialogues with the Classics

12W, 13W: 12

A continuation of Humanities 1. Readings may include: Readings may include: Homer’s Iliad; Euripides’ The Bacchae; Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Marie de France’s Lais; Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (selections); Austen’s Emma; Büchner’s Woyzeck; Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn; and Walcott’s Omeros. 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 (Winter director), Katz, Perry.