Ancient, dark and post-dark ages . . .

 

 


WORLD LIT HOME

Instructor

Subject Matter

Texts and Schedule

Copyright

ORIGINS
& ENDS

1. Clay & Skin

2. Gilgamesh

3. Acts of God

4. Genesis

CLASSICAL WEST

5. Odysseus

6. Men like
Animals

7. Socrates

8. Alexander

9. Virgil

10. Paul

CLASSICAL
EAST

11. Krishna

12. Rama

13. Kalidassa

14. Buddha

15. Confucius

16. Lao Tse

OUT OF THE DARK

17. Quran

18. Beowulf

19. Genji

20. Romance

POST DARK ERA

21. Dante 1

22. Dante 2

 23. Dante 3

 24. Chaucer

25. Journey to the West

26. New World

27. Indians

28. Don Quixote

 


 

THIS DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE, English 245, samples a range of texts from early classics (cir. 1200 BCE) to early moderns (cir.1600 CE). All are presented in English translation. The lessons and assignments for the course are found on this website. All audio, video, and interactive components of the course are found in Angel format on the college web site, available to enrolled students only.

Strengthen your reading and writing skills. Develop your appreciation of traditional cultures and world history. For registration or other info, email Dr. Gutchess at: gutchess@englishare.net

TEXTBOOKS AND SCHEDULE

In the schedule below, volume ABC's and page numbers refer to the following three-volume textbook:

Damrosch, David, et al., eds. The Longman Anthology of World Literature, Part One Package (Books A, B, C). New York: Pearson Education, 2nd edition 2008. See also Longman's companion web site. ENROLLED STUDENTS: these books are available free of charge this semester at the reserve desk at the library.

 



 


 

 

Raise up prophets from the dead with  book magic!  Left: Zwierlein-Diehl (1969), Tafeln 63.345 (3rd century BCE Greece).

 

 


Origins and ends of the world

Aug 27. Page 1: Clay and skin. "The Ancient World" (in Damrosch A1-A10); "Enuma Elish” (online here at englishare) and “Hesiod's generation of the gods” (also here at englishare).  Quiz, Journal

Aug 30. Page 2: Before the flood. Gilgamesh” (in Damrosch A56-A97).  Quiz, Journal

Sep 03. Page 3: Acts of God. Hebrew scriptures: Book of Jeremiah (online here at englishare). Quiz, Journal

Sep 06. Page 4: Powers of literature. Genesis and "Ancient Near East" (Damrosch A11-A41).  Quiz, Journal

The Classical West 

Sep 10. Page 5: The voyage of Odysseus. Homer's Odyssey Book 8.527 through Book 13.18 (Damrosch A354-A411). Quiz, Journal

Sep 13. Page 6: Men like animals. Homer's Iliad selection: The anger of Achilles Book 1-2, 18-19 (online here at englishare).  Quiz, Journal

Sep 17. Page 7: Socrates' last days. "Tyranny and Democracy" (Damrosch A694-A726). Quiz, Journal

Sep 20. Page 8: Homer in Hades. Plutarch's Life of Alexander (online here at englishare). Quiz, Journal

Sep 24. Page 9: Eternal city. "Rome and the Roman Empire," "Virgil," and Aeneid I-IV (Damrosch A1093-1166). Quiz, Journal

Sep 27. Page 10: The Last of the heroes. "The Culture of Rome and the Beginnings of Christianity" (Damrosch A1244-A1296).  Quiz, Journal

Class opens
22 Aug 2013


The Classical East

Oct 01. Page 11: Krishna destroys the first people. "Hymns from the Rig Veda" (online here at englishare), "Early South Asia" and Vyasa, Mahabharata (Damrosch A799-A853). Quiz, Journal

Oct 04. Page 12: Monkey in the middle. Inscriptions of Ashoka (A857-A860) and Valmiki, Ramayana (A860-A915).  Quiz, Journal

Oct 08. Page 13: The ring of recollection. Kalidasa, Sakuntala (A944-A1008). Quiz, Journal

Oct 18.  Page 14: Countercults of the Buddha. Buddhist scriptures (online here at englishare): Dhammapada and Asvaghosha's Buddhakarita.. Quiz, Journal

Oct 22. Page 15: The culture of China. "China: The Classical Tradition," "The Book of Songs," "Confucius" and "Analects" (A1017-A1061). Quiz, Journal

Oct 25. Page 16: The counterculture of China. "Daoism and its Ways" (A1061-A1091). Quiz, Journal

Out of Darkness

Oct 29. Page 17: Power of the Qur'an.  Qur'an and resonances (Volume B341-373). “Sympathy the Learned” (B446-456).  Quiz, Journal

Nov 01. Halloween special: Page 18: The Gothic dark age. Beowulf (selections from Damrosch B587-B611 and B634-B652). Quiz, Journal

Nov 05.  Page 19: Genji and the survival of old China. Bo Juyi's "The Song of Everlasting Sorrow" (B97-B101), "The Heian Period" (B127-134), "Murasaki Shikibu" (B146-B148), and three selections from The Tale of Genji: young Genji episodes (B149-B171), the defense of fiction (B190-B192), and old Genji episodes (B192-B221). Quiz, Journal

Nov 08.  Page 20: Romance. Chretien de Troyes, The Knight of the Cart (selections at englishare). Quiz, Journal

The Post-Dark Age

Nov 12.  Page 21: Dante and the medieval invention of the self “Dante Alighieri” (B893-896) Inferno cantos 1-10 (B903-B939). Quiz, Journal

Nov 15.   Page 22: Dante goes deeper than you think. Dante, Inferno cantos 11-23 (B939-B985). Quiz, Journal

Nov 19.  Page 23: Dante hits bottom. Dante, Inferno cantos 24-34  (B985-B1025). Quiz, Journal

Nov 22. Page 24: Earthy English. "Geoffrey Chaucer" (B1087-1089); "The Miller's Prologue" and "The Miller's Tale" (B1109-1125); "The Wife of Bath's Prologue" and "The Wife of Bath's Tale" (B1125- 1153). Quiz, Journal

Nov 29.  Page 25: Novel as counterculture. Wu Cheng’en, Journey to the West  (C30-C107).  Quiz, Journal

Dec 03Page 26: Old cultures in a new world. "The Conquest and its Aftermath" (C811-C874). Quiz Journal

Dec 06.  Page 27: Indians!  Luis de Camoes, Lusiads (C287-C324): . Quiz, Journal

Dec 10. Page 28: Way too much reading. "Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra" and Don Quixote (C360-C447).

Dec 13. Reflective summary essay

Dec 17. Final exam.
Dec 19.
Grades reported before noon.

 

 

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Right (always) is the instructor, Dr. Gutchess. Research suggests that's ancient Greek Goëtes (plural of Goës, one who raises the dead and cleans out haunted houses), Italian Gucci or maybe Gotti, Swiss Goetchy, Dutch Goetchius, ensuing US misspelling Gutchess. The Indo-European root is Go, meaning "light." Not light weight! The light that shines! So let's Go!

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