English 180E

Upper Division Coursework: The Epic

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2006 Altieri, Charles F.
Altieri, Charles
TTh 12:30-2 30 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Homer: Iliad,Odyssey; Vergil: Aeneid; Dante: Inferno, Paradiso; Milton, J.: Paradise Lost ; Wordsworth, W.: Prelude (1850 Edition); Pound, Ezra: Selected Cantos


I imagine this course as an introduction to the pleasure of reading and thinking about the major epics in Western Culture. We will look especially at changing definitions in what is meant by �culture.� And we will immerse ourselves in how writers build on and modify their predecessors as itself an exercise in interpreting what culture can be.

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