English 203: World Literature I

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“A classic can only occur when a civilization is mature; when a language and a literature are mature; and it must be the work of a mature mind. It is the importance of that civilization and of that language, as well as the comprehensiveness of the mind of the individual poet, which gives the universality.”

T.S.Eliot,“What is a Classic?” (Address delivered before the Virgil Society)

Domenico di Michelino's "Dante holding the Divine Comedy"

In this course, students will analyze a survey of world literature - representative selections from the Bible, Greek and Latin literature, and European masterpieces of the Middle Ages and Renaissance - in translation. Students will evaluate the relationship between the works of literature and the various historical periods they represent.

Required Readings

Antigone, Sophocles Medea, Euripides
The Iliad, Homer The Aeneid, Virgil
The Apology of Socrates, Plato

Paradise Lost, John Milton The Inferno, Dante
Lysistrata, Aristophanes Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
Selections from the Bible

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