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Last update 16-08-2018
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: School of Ancient & Modern Literatures

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: Hebrew

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Gur Zak

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Tuesday, 15-16

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Gur Zak

Course/Module description:
The aim of the course is to offer a survey of a variety of literary masterpieces from Ancient Greece up to later Middle Ages. In each class we shall focus on one literary masterpiece, analyse its content and form, and consider the possible reasons for its inclusion in the "canon". Among the themes we shall focus on in our analysis are: identity and gender, love and death, cruelty and compassion, and the reflection offered by the works themselves on the value of reading and writing literature.

Course/Module aims:
- To expose first year students of literary programs and corner stone program to representative works of world literature

- To provide students with basic tools for a deep and informed analysis of literary works.

- To lead students to reflect critically on the role of literature in society and on the value of studying literature.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To discuss in an intelligent and informed manner central literary masterpieces that shaped the world.

To understand the general line of development of world literature from antiquity to the early modern age.

To offer analysis of literary works based on the main themes that dominate them, their relationship to the historical contexts in which they were shaped, and their dialogue with the literary tradition from which they developed.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Frontal

Course/Module Content:
1. Rage and Pity: Homer's Iliad
2. The Return of Odysseus: Homer's Odyssey and Genesis
3. The Ancient Tragedy: Hippolytus
4. Lyric Poetry in the Ancient World: Sappho and Catullus.
5. A hero's Destiny: Virgil's Aeneid
6. Metaphor and Metamorphosis: Ovid's Metamorphoses
7. Literature and Christianity: From the Gospels to Augustine
8. Drama, Memory, and Aesthetics in Ancient India: Kalidasa
9. Medieval Epic: The Song of Roland
10. Medieval Romance: Tristan
11. To Hell and Back: Dante's Divine Comedy
12. The Human Comedy 1: Boccaccio's Decameron
13. The Human Comedy 2: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Required Reading:
1. Homer, Iliad, Books 1,18,24
2. Homer, Odyssey, Books 8,9,10
3. Euripides, Hippolytus
4. Virgil, Aeneid, Books 4, 12
5. Ovid, Metamorphoses, Books 1, 13
6. The Gospel According to Matthew
Augustine, Confessions, Books 1, 8
7. Kalidasa, The Recognition of Sakuntala
8. The Song of Roland
9. Tristan and Iseult
10. Dante, Inferno, Poems 1,2,4,5,26
11. Boccaccio, Decameron, Day 1 Introduction, 1.1, 2.5, 3.10, 4.1, 10.10
12. Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, The Miller's Tale, Tale of the Wife of Bath, The Clerk's Tale

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 100 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.