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MUSES AND MANEATERS (CLAS 1110)
SYLLABUS
PLEASE NOTE: HW = Homework. ALWAYS BRING ALL READINGS FOR THE DAY TO
CLASS. This syllabus may be revised during the term.
Please give yourself ample time to read and prepare to discuss the book Winter’s Bone, starting on
Wed Jun 18. For this assignment see the HW under Tue Jun 17.
Before Tue Jul 2, please watch the film Children of Men. For this assignment see the HW under
Mon Jul 1.
Introduction to Muses and Maneaters
Mon Jun 2
Class: Handouts: Course Description and Requirements Sheet, Syllabus,
Cultural Context of Greek Literature
Discuss first two handouts
Cultural Context: From the Bronze Age to the Classical Age
HW:
If you have not already done so, get the books for this course at
the CU Bookstore (in the Student Union).
Please watch the 30-second video:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/yawn.ppsx
Read and be able to paraphrase the following two summaries:
1.
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/deathinvenice.summary.doc
2.
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/birthoftragedy.summary.doc
Different Approaches to Interpreting Literature and Film
Tue Jun 3
Class: Handout: Hermeneutics and Introduction to Tragedy
Finish Cultural Context
Symbolism, Functionalism, Comparativism, Structuralism
(Post-structuralism later)
HW:
Read Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (in the Three Theban Plays)
with reference to the Oedipus the King Discussion Questions:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/oed.discuss.doc
Introduction to Tragedy
Wed Jun 4
Class: Handouts: Oedipus the King, Oedipus the King Flyer
Finish Symbolism, etc.
Introduction to Tragedy
Start Oedipus the King
HW:
Oedipus the King
Thu Jun 5
None
Class: Handout: Sample Exam
Discuss handout
Continue Oedipus the King
HW:
Memento assignment as explained in class
Fri Jun 6
Class: Handout: Memento Discussion Questions
Discuss HW related to first part of handout
Finish Oedipus the King
Start Memento (director’s edition DVD)
HW:
HW for the first part of Memento handout as explained in class
Oedipus the King and Memento: Classical Reception and Dialogical Readings
Mon Jun 9
Class: HW (questions for First Exam) explained
Finish Memento
Start discussing Oedipus the King and Memento
HW:
Tue Jun 10
Prepare questions for First Exam
Class: Finish discussing Oedipus the King and Memento
Questions for First Exam
HW:
Wed Jun 11
For Wed Jun 11Prepare for First Exam
Class: First Exam
HW:
Read and be able to paraphrase the following summary:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/iphig.pdf
Read Agamemnon (in Aeschylus' Oresteia trilogy) with reference to
the Oresteia Discussion Questions:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/oresteia.discuss.doc
Iphigenia and Agamemnon: Female Adolescent Initiation Myths, Crime and Punishment
Thu Jun 12
Class: Handout: Agamemnon
Iphigenia and FAIMs/SLR pattern
Agamemnon
HW:
Read The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides (in Aeschylus'
Oresteia trilogy) with reference to the Oresteia Discussion
Questions: http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/oresteia.discuss.doc
The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides: Homicide and Cultural Evolution
Fri Jun 13
Class: Handout: The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides
Agamemnon
The Libation Bearers
HW:
Read Lysistrata (in Four Plays by Aristophanes) with reference to
the Lysistrata Discussion Questions:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/lysistrata.discuss.doc
Lysistrata: Greek Comedy, “Pornography,” Women and War
Mon Jun 16
Class: Handout: Greek Comedy and Lysistrata
Eumenides
Background to Greek Comedy
Start Lysistrata
HW:
Tue Jun 17
Look ahead to the HW under Tue Jun 17
Class: Finish Lysistrata
HW:
Before class on Wed Jun 18:
Read Winter’s Bone and prepare to discuss it with reference to the
Winter’s Bone Discussion Questions available at
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/bone.doc.
Winter’s Bone: Modern Female Adolescent Initiation Myths (see Iphigenia) and the Heroic
Journey (see Odysseus)
Wed Jun 18
Class: Start Winter’s Bone
HW:
Thu Jun 19
None
Class: HW (Questions for Second Exam) explained
Continue Winter’s Bone
HW:
Fri Jun 20
Prepare questions for Second Exam
Class: Handout: History of English
Homer assignments explained
Questions for Second Exam
Finish Winter’s Bone
History of English
HW:
Mon Jun 23
Prepare for Second Exam
Class: Second Exam
HW:
Odyssey Book 1 (this and all other Odyssey assignments in boldface
should be read in their entirety in the translation of the Odyssey by
Lombardo; assignments not in boldface can be read in the Odyssey
Synopsis at: http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/odyssey.synopsis.pdf
Odyssey Synopsis, Books 2-3
From here on, read both the translation and Synopsis with reference
to the Odyssey Discussion Questions:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/odyss.discuss.doc
Homer's Odyssey: the Anti-hero and the Rule of Civilization
Tue Jun 24
Class: Handouts: Select Introduction to Homer, Odyssey Books 1-24
Discuss first handout
Odyssey 1-3
HW:
Odyssey Books 4-6
Odyssey Synopsis, Books 7-8
See tomorrow’s HW, if you wish to get a head start on it
Wed Jun 25
Class: Odyssey 4-8
HW:
Thu Jun 26
Odyssey Books 9-12
Class: Start Odyssey 9-12
HW:
Odyssey Synopsis, Books 13-16
Odyssey Books 17-19
Odyssey Synopsis, Book 20
Fri Jun 27
Class: Finish Odyssey 9-12
Odyssey 13-20
HW:
HW (first part of Children of Men sheet-see top of page 1 of
syllabus) explained
Odyssey Books 21-23
Odyssey Synopsis, Book 24
Mon Jun 30
Class: Odyssey Books 21-24
HW:
Please watch Children of Men with reference to the questions on the
Watching Children of Men sheet. Get the sheet at:
http://ambrosia.pwrfaculty.org/children.doc
Children of Men: An Apocalyptic Odyssey
Tue Jul 1
Class: HW (Questions for Third Exam) explained
Start Children of Men and the Odyssey
HW:
Wed Jul 2
Prepare questions for Third Exam
Class: Questions for Third Exam
Finish Children of Men and the Odyssey
HW:
Thu Jul 3
Prepare for Third Exam
Class: Third Exam
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