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CLCV 120 B - The Classical Tradition - Storytelling & Transformation

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Survey of the Greco-Roman tradition from late antiquity to the present. Examination of pagan culture in medieval Christianity and Islam, the literary tradition of the Troy tale, the rediscovery of Greek texts and the Florentine Renaissance, classical allusions in Shakespeare and Milton, the political foundation of the U.S. constitution, and the persistence of the classical tradition in contemporary American popular culture.

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Storytelling and Transformation: Narratives of Self from Homer to Arianna Huffington. The course explores storytelling as an integral component of personal development, community formation, and communication. We trace the beginnings of this phenomenon in the Odyssey and see its evolution through time in Europe and Modern Greece. Readings include Homer, Sophocles, Papadiamantis, Michalopoulou, Kafka, Cavafy. Theoretical approaches include Aristotle, Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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