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CMLT 2250H

Western World Literature I (Honors)
Fall Semester Instructor 1: 
Fall Course Time 1: 
Tr 12:45-1:45
3 hours
Fall Semester Information: 
If art, as described by the literary scholar Victor Brombert, "is fundamentally the attempt to reveal to man his own greatness," and the hero "is the poetic projection of man" in his greatness "as he unavoidably faces the meaning or lack of meaning of life," the way that the hero typically reveals his greatness in literature is through some perilous, unprecedented journey which he undertakes. This course will focus on the theme of the hero’s journey as depicted in some of the most significant and influential works of literature from the past 4,000 years, from antiquity through the dawn of modernity. Through our readings and discussions of the journeys of Gilgamesh, Joseph, Odysseus (in Homer's ancient and Zachary Mason's contemporary versions), Oedipus, Aeneas, Socrates (in Plato's ancient and I. F. Stone's modern versions), Saint Augustine, Dante, Don Quixote, and Hamlet, we will trace how the figure of the hero, and the journey that both tests and defines him, undergoes striking changes over time. Ultimately, these readings will challenge us to think more deeply about our own cultural values and convictions that we often taken for granted, and will make us aware that many of the social, political, moral, and religious controversies confronting us today have their roots in the distant past.
Course Description: 

Western World Literature from Homer to the twentieth century.

Not open to students with credit in CMLT 2210
Permission of Honors
Semester course Offered: 
Offered fall and spring semester every year.
Grading System: 
A-F (Traditional)
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