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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 2601  Backgrounds of Western Literature 

English 2601 Section 001       CRN 31582
Backgrounds of Western Literature    0800-0915 TR

Books offer us windows to ideas, worlds, times, relations, and emotions we might not otherwise encounter. They can help us to expand our understanding of others and to gain a clearer sense of ourselves. Starting with Homer and concluding with Cervantes, we will read some of the best books in the western literary tradition, including works by Sappho, Virgil, Ovid, Marie de France, Dante, and Boccaccio, among others. Books like these provide the foundation built upon by writers in much of the world. In class we’ll discuss the major literary/cultural themes: love, faith, heroism, suffering, transience, desire, etc. Assignments will include active participation in class discussion, two or three papers, frequent quizzes, and a final exam. (Group 1)