COMP 220 Fall 2013 Monsters on the Margins in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature

Cross Listed as CLAS220
What kinds of behavior qualify as monstrous? What "work" do monsters perform for a society? This course considers the intrusion of the abnormal, inappropriate, and extraordinary into Greek and Roman literature. We will trace the changing definitions of hero, monster, and outsider across time, space, and cultural context, from Odysseus and the Cyclops to Lucius, a man transformed into an ass, and Lucian, who with his comrades fought in literature's first interplanetary war. We will also investigate the intersection of the "monstrous" with issues of gender, language/culture, social status, and geography. Readings will examine monsters, and outsiders depicted as monstrous, from epic (Hesiod's Theogony, Homer's Odyssey, Vergil'sAeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses), drama (Euripides' Heracles, Medea, and Cyclops), philosophy (Plato's Symposium), and novels (Apuleius' Golden Ass, Lucian's True History).
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly reading responses, two papers of 5-7 pages, a midterm and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: if the course is oversubscribed, preference will be given to majors and prospective majors in Classics, Comparative Literature, and other literatures
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1889
COMP220-01(F) LEC Monsters on the Margins Division 1: Languages and the Arts Erin Moodie
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 240 1889
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