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This course examines some leading examples of major genres of storytelling in the Western tradition, among them epic (Homer’s Odyssey), romance (from the Arthurian tradition), and novel (Cervantes’s Don Quixote).

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This course examines some leading examples of major genres of storytelling in the Western tradition, among them epic (Homer’s Odyssey), romance (from the Arthurian tradition), and novel (Cervantes’s Don Quixote).

We will be asking why people tell (and have always told) stories, how they tell them, why they might tell them the way they do, and what difference it makes how they tell them. We’ll combine an investigation of the changing formal properties of narratives with consideration of the historical, cultural, and technological factors that have influenced how tales got told. In keeping with its CI-H and HASS-D label, this course will involve substantial attention to students’ writing and speaking abilities.

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  • Introduction Unlimited
  • The Odyssey, by Homer Unlimited
  • Arthurian Romances, by Chrétien Unlimited
  • Don Quixote, by Cervantes Unlimited
  • The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales, by the Brothers Grimm Unlimited
  • Frankenstein, by Shelley Unlimited
  • Heart of Darkness, by Conrad Unlimited

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