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What is a Classic?

CLA 203/COM 217/HLS 201/TRA 203

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"What is a Classic?" asks what goes into the making of a classic text. It focuses on four, monumental poems from the ancient Mediterranean and Near East: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, and Gilgamesh, which are discussed through comparison across traditions, ranging as far as Chinese poetry. Students will consider possible definitions and constituents of a classic, while also reflecting on the processes of chance, valorization, and exclusion that go into the formation of a canon. Topics will include transmission, commentary, translation, religion, race, colonization, empire, and world literature.
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Section C01

  • Type: Class
  • Section: C01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 53
  • Capacity: 75
  • Class Number: 20789
  • Schedule: TTh 11:00 AM-12:20 PM