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Undergraduate Courses Summer 2017

Undergraduate Summer Courses 2017

CLASS-UA 150, 1st summer session, Archaeological Excavation at Yeronosis in Cyprus. Permission of instructor required.

CLASS-UA 404, Identical RELST-UA 404, Classical Mythology
Section
001: 1st summer session, M-Th, 9:30-11:05, Rebekah Rust
Section 002: 2nd summer session, M-Th, 9:30-11:05, Rebecca Sausville

Discusses the myths and legends of Greek and Roman mythology and the gods, demigods, heroes, nymphs, monsters, and everyday mortals who played out their parts in this mythology. Begins with creation, as vividly described by Hesiod in the Theogony, and ends with the great Trojan War and the return of the Greek heroes, especially Odysseus. Roman myth is also treated, with emphasis on Aeneas and the foundation legends of Rome.

CLASS-UA 291.001, Special Topics in Classics: Science Fiction before Science,
1st summer session, M-Th 4:30-6:05, Ari Zatlin

The unifying theme of this course is to ask what descriptors and categorizations like “Classics” and “Science Fiction” truly mean, how these meanings may change over time, and in what ways these kinds of labels affect the way we read, interpret, and value texts. We will examine a number of sources –poetry, philosophy, history, and medical texts of Greek and Roman antiquity, and films, novels, short stories, and critical essays of the last hundred years – against each other, trying to distill what elements are unique to either category and how they overlap. How, for instance, is a 5th century BCE Greek historian’s description of a foreign people at the edges of the world different than a 20th century novelist’s story about a first contact with an alien race? How is a Trojan war hero, bound to fulfill the will of the gods, different from a desk jockey who discovers his world is controlled by an unseen bureaucracy? What similarities exist between ancient questions regarding the nature of the self and the challenging treatments of gender and autonomy in modern Science Fiction? Authors will include from the ancient world excerpts from Homer, Herodotus, Plato, Vergil, and Lucian, the modern works of Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Stanislaw Lem, and Philip K. Dick, along with films by Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, and Jonathan Glazer. This course is open to students of all levels, and no experience with Classical texts or familiarity with Science Fiction is required.

CLASS-UA 291.001, Special Topics in Classics: Crafting Lies: Ancient Propaganda
2nd summer session, M-Th 4:30-6:05, Laura Santander

This course will cover propaganda in the ancient Greek and Roman world. The focus of the class will be specifically on literary propaganda and its effects whether it appears overtly or covertly. Also, the consequences of this propaganda on political institutions, government, mass culture, and society as a whole will be discussed. We will be reading primary sources such as Vergil and Plato, and then connecting these authors to modern propaganda and commercial advertising.


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