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Daily Schedule

The Odyssey
Response paper topics; map of Homeric world

WEEK 1

   

Day 1

PM

 

First encounters with oral traditions
"Coyote and Junco," in D. Tedlock, trans. Finding the Center: Narrative Poetry of the Zuni Indians (1972)
The Homeric Question
Archaic Greece: History and Culture
Overview of Archaic Greece, sections 1-16 (Perseus)

Day 2

PM

 

Telemachus' initiation to the heroic world: Odyssey, Books 1-4

Study Guide for Homer's Odyssey (Gruber-Miller)
Book-by-book Study Questions for the Odyssey (Robin Mitchell Boyask)

Day 3

AM

 

R. Thomas, "Introduction," Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece (Cambridge 1992)
N. Scott Momaday, "The Native Voice," in The Columbia Literary History of the United States, ed. E. Elliott (Columbia 1988) (Moodle)
video: Michael Wood, "Singer of Tales" from In Search of the Trojan War

 

PM

Odysseus' re-entry to the heroic world: Od. 5-8

Day 4

AM

The Parry-Lord Oral Formulaic Theory and Traditional Referentiality

 

PM

Odysseus as story-teller: Od. 9-12

Day 5

 

from Eumaios' hut to the palace: Od. 13-18

 

WEEK 2

   

Day 6

 

AM: A meeting of minds--Penelope and Odysseus:
Od
. 19-24

Day 7

AM

Background on Walcott and Silko
Video: Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World
Paula Gunn Allen, "The Sacred Hoop," The Ecocriticism Reader, ed. C. Glotfelty and H. Fromm (Univ of Georgia Press, 1996) 241-63. (Moodle)

PM

Derek Walcott, The Odyssey: A Play

Silko's Ceremony
Response paper topics; Study Guide

Day 8

AM

 

Workshop on introductory paragraphs (introductory paragraph due at 9:00 a.m.; email a copy to jgruber-miller@cornellcollege.edu and lfarmer@cornellcollege.edu) and bring a hard copy to class

 

PM

Tayo's return--Knotted Bellies and Fragile Webs:
Ceremony,
pp. 1-153

Day 9

AM

Paper Conferences
Complete draft of paper 1 due at the time of conference

 

PM

Tayo's healing: Ceremony, pp. 153-262

 

Vergil's Aeneid
Response paper topics

Day 10

PM

A tale of two cities--Carthage and Troy: Aen. 1-2
(slides); Aeneid Study Guide (Johnson)

PAPER #1 due Saturday at noon

WEEK 3

   

Day 11

AM

Setting the context: Rome in the age of Augustus
Aeneid handouts (Moodle)

PM

Aeneas' journey--Anchises and Dido: Aen. 3-5 Barbara McManus, "Antony, Octavian, Cleopatra"

Day 12

AM

Rome--past, present, and future: Aen. 6-8

PM

Guest Lecture: James Martin on Hector Berlioz, Les Troyens (1863)

Day 13

 

Relationships in a context of war: friendship, family, tribe: Aen. 9-12

Apuleius' Metamorphoses (Golden Ass)
Study Guide

Day 14

AM

Wrap-up of the Aeneid; intro to second century Rome and the world of Apuleius

 

PM

Journey to a world of magic: Metamorphoses (The Golden Ass) 1-3

Day 15

 

Cupid and Psyche: Met. 4-6 (pp. 67-128)

WEEK 4

   

Day 16

AM

Workshop on introductory paragraphs (introductory paragraph due at 9:00 a.m.; email a copy to jgruber-miller@cornellcollege.edu and lfarmer@cornellcollege.edu) and bring a hard copy to class

 

PM

Charite: Met. 6-8 (pp. 128-76)

Day 17

AM

Paper Conferences
Complete draft of paper 2 due at the time of conference

 

PM

From Hell to Salvation: Met. 9-11

Day 18

 

Paper #2 due at 5 p.m.

 

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