Reading the Iliad
The Iliad stands at the start of most histories of western literature, even as it remains enduringly strange—often, it seems, at odds with the very tradition it has been taken to inaugurate. In our course, we will attempt to recapture some of the strangeness and some of the continuing relevance of the Iliad. We will closely read and discuss the entirety of the poem, with especial attention to the following themes: the hero and his commemoration; the relations of men and women, of men and men, of humans, gods, and animals; exile and rebellion; violence and the making of epic art; the recompenses and failures of culture itself. Our primary focus will be on the Iliad itself, but we will also take up a few key texts in Iliadic criticism: readings from, e.g., Plato, Aristotle, Milman Parry and Albert Lord, and Simone Weil.
This course will be co-taught by Bruce King and Laura Slatkin
Course ScheduleTuesday, 6:30-9:30pm
January 31 — February 21, 2017
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