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GH 201: Introduction to the Great Works: Studies in Epic Literature

Course Description

This course introduces some of the world’s great works of epic literature. The central point of discussion for this course will cover epic definitions, composition, style, technique, types, characteristics, as well as literary terms and conventions. Included in the study of epic will be the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer, the Aeneid by Vergil, the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf, and Paradise Lost by John Milton. Selected passages from these works will be read and discussed for analysis and comparison. (At least one major project or two minor projects will be required for the semester.)


Instructor: Dr. Donald Shorter

If you have questions about this course, please email Dr. Shorter.