Engl. 3503: The Classical Epic

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Schutz
email: schutz@stthomasu.ca
Office Hours: MWF 11:30-12:30


Atlas Van Lines, Trojan Security Systems, Hermes Communications; The Poseidon Adventure, Medusa's Child, 2001 Space Odyssey; the planets in our solar system and that guy on the FTD logo. What's with all these names? Where do they come from? What are they talking about? And just what is that story Captain Picard tells at the end of that episode of StarTrek:TNG?

Here's where you find out.


This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the foundations of western literature, the conventions of the epic and with classical mythology. The materials to be covered underlie English literature well into the modern period and inform many of the metaphors we use today, as the examples above indicate. We will read the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, Vergil's Aeneid, and Ovid's Metamorphoses. All texts will be in translation.

Booklist (All books are available in UNB bookstore)

Homer, The Iliad, Robert Fitzgerald, trans. (Oxford World Classics, 1998)
Vergil, The Aeneid, C. Day Lewis, trans. (Oxford World Classics, 1998)
Ovid, The Metamorphoses, A. D. Melville, trans. (Oxford World Classics, 1986)

Course Format: lecture, with lots of discussion

Evaluation

Essay (10 pages) 30%
Participation (discussion notes) 30%
Portfolio 15%
Final Exam 25%