Fall 2019 - HUM 240 D100

Studies in Modern Culture (3)

Class Number: 9371

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5004, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A thematic approach to two or more cultures through the examination of a selection from historical, literary, philosophical and/or aesthetic materials. Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:


HEROIC GREEK TALES: FROM THE TROJANS TO FRANKENSTEIN

The aims of this course are: i) to offer a succinct overview of exceptional individuals and their stories as presented in various texts, and their Greek origins; ii) to compare and contrast their presentation(s) and traits to the ones in contemporary literature and film. Specifically, by tracing continuities and ruptures between past and present, the course examines how references made to individual heroic figures provide commentary on collective and individual identity, agency, ethics, religion, memory, society, popular culture and politics. The course examines different archetypes emerging from ancient Greek culture so as to offer a critical analysis on the representations of individuals and ideas in an inter/national context while connecting them to contemporary debates.


Grading

  • Participation 15%
  • Presentation 15%
  • Midterm 35%
  • Term Paper 35%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Lattimore, Richmond. (tr.) 2011. The Iliad of Homer. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press. [Excerpts provided in class]

Mulroy, David. (tr.) 2013. Antigone. Madison : The University of Wisconsin Press. [Available online through SFU Library Catalogue https://sfu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/f/usv8m3/01SFUL_ALMA51217109370003611]

Atwood, Margaret. 2010. The Penelopiad; The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus. Toronto: Knopf.

Shelley, Mary. 2008. Frankenstein. London: Penguin Books.

Satrapi, Marjane. 2008. Persepolis. London: Vintage books.

Lee, Harper. 2014. To Kill A Mockingbird. London: Random House.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Ziolkowski, Theodore. 2004. Hesitant Heroes; Private Inhibition, Cultural Crisis. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Woodard, Roger D. 2007. The Cambridge companion to Greek Mythology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Staub, Ervin. 2015. The Roots of Goodness and Resistance to Evil: Inclusive Caring, Moral Courage, Altruism Born of Suffering, Active Bystandership, and Heroism. Oxford; Oxford University Press.

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