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GH 201: Introduction To The Great Works: Heroic Journeys

Course Description

GH 201: Introduction to the Great Works: Heroic Journeys

Our course will explore the importance of the theme of the Heroic Journey – physical, mythical, and metaphorical – in ancient and modern literature. We begin with an introduction to some useful tools for analyzing literature. We’ll then advance to our primary readings in three sections of ancient & modern pairs:

    - Homer’s Odyssey & Richard Adam’s Watership Down
    - Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus & A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    - The Road by Cormac McCarthy & “The Telemachy” of Homer’s Odyssey.

We’ll conclude with consideration of the influence of these works and the Heroic Journey on popular culture – in many artistic forms – from antiquity to the present day.

Students should anticipate a brisk reading pace. Graded course assignments will include regular readings, discussion notes preparation, occasional readings quizzes (all designed as aids to seminar discussion and as supplementary study guides for section tests), three section tests, and a final project.

Instructor: Professor Marilyn Bisch

Please contact Professor Bisch if you have questions about this course.


Video: Professor Bisch discusses GH 201: Introduction to the Great Works: Heroic Journeys