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ETS 235 – Classics of World Literature I/Honors

Course Schedule:

T Th 12:30 – 1:50 pm


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Prof. Harvey Teres

Counts toward:

Dept Hum, Public Presentation, Collaboration, Course Global Non-Euro

MySlice Info:

Class #: 49650
Section: M001
# Credits: 3

Course Description:

This course will introduce you to some of the most valued and enduring examples of world literature from ancient times to 1000 C.E. We will begin with some of the earliest surviving texts from Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures (Gilgamesh and Egyptian love poems), and go on to read sections from the Hebrew Bible (the “Old” Testament), Sanskrit and Greek epics (The Ramayana and The Iliad), classical Chinese philosophy (Confucius and Zhuangzi), Greek and Roman lyric poetry (Sappho, Catullus, Horace, and others), The New Testament, Saint Augustine’s Confessions, Chinese Tang dynasty poetry (Li Bai, Du Fu, Wang Wei, and others), excerpts from the Qur’an, stories from 1001 Nights, poetry by Rumi and Hafez, and excerpts from arguably the first novel ever written The Tale of Genji by the Japanese woman writer Murasaki Shikibu. We will consider these remarkable works with several questions in mind: What is a classic and why have these books attained this status? What are the historical, cultural contexts of these works and their reception over centuries? What moral and religious values do these works impart and are these values relevant to our own? What are the achievements of form and craft that have contributed to these works’ enduring value? The goal will be to acquaint you with books, cultures, and societies from around the world that haven’t been but should be a part of your education as a global citizen.

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