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Love and Sexuality in Greece and Rome

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Overview of the Course

CLA 3-373-07

Week 1

Introduction: Multiple views of Love

Day 1

AM: First attempts at defining "love"; C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves
PM: love in Homer and Hesiod; Study Guide
Readings: Hesiod, Theogony 116-232
Homer, Iliad 5. 311-430; 6. 369-529; 14.153-360
Homer, Odyssey 8.266-369 (Moodle)
Study Guide for Homer and Hesiod

Day 2

PM: Five speeches about love:
Readings: Plato's Symposium 172a-199c; Study Guide for Plato's Symposium

Day 3

AM: Love at the Symposium: Looking at Athenian vase-painting
Images: Homosexuality in Greece and Rome. Look especially at the sections on banquet, courtship, kissing, male prostitution, rejection of suitor, and sex acts.

PM: Why is Diotima a Woman?
Readings: Plato's Symposium 199c-223d

 

The Sapphic Tradition

Day 4

Abstract of paper 1 due; send a copy to John Gruber-Miller and Laura Farmer before 9:00 a.m.; bring a hard copy to the in-class workshop
Summary-Response due at 10:00 a.m. Rubric for summary-response papers

AM: workshop abstracts with Laura Farmer
PM: Sappho: Competing interpretations, 1840-present
Women as subjects in Sappho's poetry
Readings: Snyder, pp. 1-37; Study Guide for Sappho
Double Consciousness in Sappho's Lyrics
Readings: Winkler, "Double Consciousness" (Moodle)

Day 5

Draft of Paper 1 due, before paper conference

The Sapphic Tradition in antiquity: Nossis, Catullus, Propertius
Readings: Snyder, "Nossis," 77-84; Catullus, Poems 5, 11, 35, 51, 62; Propertius, Poems 2.3, 2.15; also available at
Roman Responses to Greek Women Poets (Judith Hallett, trans.)

Week 2

 

Day 6

AM: The Sapphic Tradition, Ovid and later
Readings: selections from Ovid's Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, Tristia, and Heroides 15 (Sappho to Phaon) (available at Sappho and Latin Literature (Judith Hallett, trans.); Adrienne Rich, "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" (Moodle)

PM: Louise Labé, Dedicatory Epistle, Elegies 1-3, 24 sonnets;
John Donne, Sappho to Philaenis (Moodle); H.D.

 

The Roman Elegiac Tradition

Day 7

Catullus and early Latin epigram
Readings: Poems 6, 8, 10, 12, 23-30, 32-33, 35-36, 39, 41, 44, 48-49, 52-60, 69, 78, 81, 84, 90, 94, 99, 101, 103, 110, 112
Roman (homo)sexuality
Catullus and Poetry: Poems 1, 14, 16, 22, 35, 36, 42, 50, 95
Study Guide for Catullus

Day 8

AM: Catullus and Lesbia:
Readings: Poems 2-3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 37, 43, 51, 70, 72, 75-6, 85-6, 92, 109
PM: Juventius: Poems 15, 21, 24, 48, 81, 99
Catullus' longer poetry
Readings: Poems 61-64, 68

Day 9

Abstract of paper 2 due; send an electronic copy to John Gruber-Miller and Laura Farmer before 9:00 a.m.; bring a hard copy to the in-class workshop
Summary-Response due at 10:00 a.m.

AM: workshop abstracts with Laura Farmer

PM: Propertius' Monobiblos
Readings: Propertius, all of Book 1; in addition,
Propertius on slavery in love (1.1, 1.10, 2.20, 3.15); on love-sickness (1.15, 2.1, 2.28, 3.17, 3.24-25).
Study Guide for Propertius

Day 10

Complete Draft of Paper 2 due, before paper conference

Propertius continued:
Readings: on the journey of love (1.17, 2.26, 3.7); on being the soldier of love (1.6, 2.1, 2.7-9, 2.15, 3.8, 4.8); the voice of one's mistress (1.3, 4.7)
Read either Hallett "The Role of Women in Roman Elegy" in Women In the Ancient World: The Arethusa Papers or Wyke, "Mistress and Metaphor in Augustan Elegy." Helios 16 (1989); rpt in Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World and in The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations (all on reserve)

Week 3

 

Day 11

AM: Hermaphroditus and Iphis: Roman ideas of transgendering?
Reading: Ovid, Hermaphroditus and Salmacis (Met. 4.271-388) and Iphis and Ianthe (Met. 9.666-797) (Moodle)

PM: Women in the Elegiac Tradition: Sulpicia, Louise Labé, and Gaspara Stampa
Readings: Snyder, "Women Writers in Rome," 122-36; another translation of Sulpicia (Lee Pearcy);
Louise Labé, Dedicatory Epistle, Elegies 1-3, 24 sonnets;
Gaspara Stampa (Moodle)


 

The Romance Novel Tradition

Day 12

Heracles and Hylas, Jason and Medea in love
Readings: Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautika, Book 1. 1150-1362; Book 3
Medea's Family Tree

Day 13

Jason and Medea on the rocks
Readings: Apollonius, Argonautika, Book 4;
re-read Catullus 64

Day 14

Abstract of paper 3 due; send an electronic copy to John Gruber-Miller and Laura Farmer before 9:00 a.m.; bring a hard copy to the in-class workshop
Summary-Response due at 10:00 a.m.

AM: workshop abstracts with Laura Farmer

Love and marriage, and marriage again
Readings: Chariton, Callirhoe, Books 1-4

Day 15

Complete Draft of Paper 3 due, before paper conference

Reconciling love and marriage
Readings: Chariton, Callirhoe, Books 5-8
Read either Konstan, "Love in the Greek Novel," differences 2 (1990) 186-205, or Elsom, "Callirhoe: Displaying the Phallic Woman," in Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome (both on reserve)

Week 4

 

Day 16

Lucian, Dialogues of the Courtesans

Day 17

presentations of contemporary song, poem, story, or film about love

Day 18

presentations continued

 

 

 

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