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Ancient Literature [still in design phase]

ENG 252 WebBoard  (post by Thursday 11:59 pm)

Acibiades Mosaic
from Sparta

about 350 BC

Professor: Bill McBride Credit hours: 3
Meeting time:  2:00-3:15 T & R Meeting place: STV  0229
Office/Hours: Williams 208/T & R: 3:30-4:30pm Office Phone 438-7998

email: Me

It is the weekly responsibility of each student
1) to have closely read in advance the work scheduled,
2) prepare an analysis of a selected passage,
3) present analysis when called upon either Tuesday or Thursday

My Public Folder


other Links
Documents Scanned into My Public Folder
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Merriam-Webster Dictionary/Thesaurus

the Gutenberg Project

STEPHEN As a matter of fact it is of no importance whether Benedetto Marcello found it or made it. The rite is the poet's rest. It may be an old hymn to Demeter or also illustrate Coela enarrant gloriam Domini. It is susceptible of nodes or modes as far apart as hyperphrygian and mixolydian and of texts so divergent as priests haihooping round David's that is Circe's or what am I saying Ceres' altar and David's tip from the stable to his chief bassoonist about his almightiness. Mais, nom de nom, that is another pair of trousers. Jetez la gourme. Faut que jeunesse se passe. (He stops, points at Lynch's cap, smiles, laughs.) Which side is your knowledge bump?

THE CAP (With saturnine spleen.) Bah! It is because it is. Woman's reason. Jewgreek is greekjew. Extremes meet. Death is the highest form of life. Bah!

Episode 14 - Oxen Of The Sun



Required Texts

The Holy Bible: King James Version Bible Gateway

-Hebrew Bible: Genesis, Judges, Job
New Testament: Mathew, Acts, Romans

Homer. The Odyssey. Robert Fagles,  (Translator) Penguin Books

SophoclesThe Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
Harvest/HBJ Book  

Al-Qur'an: A Contemporary Translation. Ahmed Ali. Princeton University Press; Bilingual edition

Fa-Digi Sisoko. The Epic of Son-Jara.  A West African Tradition. Indiana UP 1992.

Chretien de TroyesArthurian RomancesPenguin Classics.

First choice: 

Miguel De Cervantes. Don Quixote: The Ormsby Translation, Revised Backgrounds and Sources CriticismNorton

If Ormsby is unavailable: Don Quijote: A New Translation, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism.  Norton.

Dante Alighieri. Vita Nuova Oxford  Mark Musa, trans.

-----.  The InfernoOxford University Press. Sinclair, trans

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. [1719] Norton. 

VoltaireCandide : or Optimism [1759] Raffel, Trans Yale University Press

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von The Sufferings of Young Werther. [1774] Trans. Morgan. Continuum 1990.  

Auerbach, Erich.  Mimesis : The Representation of Reality in Western LiteraturePrinceton University Press


Format of Course

Lecture/Seminar/Discussion.  All students will

1. Post weekly responses (500 word minimum) to readings/lectures/discussion via WebBoard;
2. Write 5-7 pp essay on one of the texts.
3. Post Final Research Paper Thesis.
4. Final 10-15 pp Research Essay due end of semester.