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Tentative Schedule of Topics and Readings


Orpheus leading Euridice from the Underworld, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1861)

Week I: Creation:

Day 1

AM

First definitions of "myth," "legend" and "folklore"

 

PM

Epic of Creation (Enuma Elish) in Myths from Mesopotamia
Discussion: Reading to Write (Critical Reading)

Day 2

AM

Hesiod, Theogony: Genealogy and Cosmogony.  Study Guide for Theogony
Hesiod, Works and Days, lines 1-245

 

PM

Discussion: Writing short response papers (Mariah Steele)

Day 3

AM

Response Paper 1 due at 9:00 a.m.
Genesis, Chs. 1-11: Why Life is Hard. Study Guide for Creation
Ovid, Metamorphoses, Bk 1: A rationalized version of creation?

 

PM

Introduction to doing research (Jen Rouse)
Creating webpages with Dreamweaver (Holly Martin Huffman): Cole Library 127

Day 4

AM

Gilgamesh, Tablets 1-6: Hero and Friend.  Study Guide for Gilgamesh

 

PM

Writing for the Web (Mariah Steele)

Day 5

AM

Response Paper 2 due at 9:00 a.m.
Gilgamesh
, Tablets 7-12: Quest for Immortality
Metamorphoses Project, Part 1A, due at 5:00 p.m.: Greek versions of the myth

Week II: The Experience of a Hero

Day 6

AM

Homer, Odyssey, Book 1-2 Study Guide for the Odyssey

 

PM

No class.
Metamorphoses Project, Part 1B, due at 5:00 p.m.: analysis of Greek versions of the myth

Day 7

AM

Homer, Odyssey, Books 3-5: Telemacheia and initiation

 

PM

Critiquing websites: Cole 127

Day 8

AM

Homer, Odyssey, Books 6-9: Poet/bard and oral tradition

 

PM

Oral tradition (cont.)
Researching myths through time; using secondary literature (Jen Rouse): Cole 127

Day 9

AM

Response Paper 3 due at 9:00 a.m.
Homer, Odyssey, Books 10-13: Travels, Trickster, visit with the Dead; Homeric Hymn to Hermes (Hymn 4)

 

PM

Citing and Using Secondary Sources in your Analysis: Mariah Steele

Bibliography due at 5 p.m. (please include a link and bibliographical reference to the modern version of your mythological figure, plus at least four to five sources that provide historical context, information about the artist/author, and interpretation of the modern work)

Day 10

AM

Homer, Odyssey, Books 16, 19, 21-24: The meeting of minds: Penelope and Odysseus
Metamorphoses Project, Part 2A, due at 5 p.m.: summaries of later versions of the myth

Week III: Metamorphoses of Myth

Day 11

AM

draft of Metamorphoses Project, Part 2B, due at 5p.m.: analysis of a later version of the myth
film: O Brother, Where Art Thou? dir. by Joel Coen (2000)

 

PM

discussion of film, comparison with Odyssey

Day 12

AM

Response Paper 4 due at 9:00 a.m.
Homeric Hymn to Demeter (Hymn 2)
: Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries.  Study Guide for Demeter

Day 13

AM

Sophocles, Philoctetes Study Guide for Philoctetes
Critique of another group's website due at 5 p.m. Using the questions posted, comment on the group's website that is listed before your group. Send your comments to group members and Prof. Gruber-Miller.

Day 14

AM

Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

 

PM


final draft of Metamorphoses Project, Parts 1 and 2A, due at 5:00 p.m.

Day 15

AM

Response Paper 5 (if Sophocles) due at 9:00 a.m.
Homeric Hymns to Dionysos (Hymns 1 and 7);
Ovid, Metamorphoses, pp. 51-73, 134-42, 225-34, 249-52

 

PM

cont.

Week IV: Metamorphoses of Myth (cont.)

Day 16

AM

Response Paper 5 (if Ovid) due at 9:00 a.m.
Naomi Iizuka, Polaroid Stories

 

PM

 

Day 17

AM

Metamorphoses Project Group Presentations

 

PM

Metamorphoses Project Group Presentations (cont.)

Day 18

AM

Portfolio due at noon, including reflective essay


G and Semele in Cornell College's 2002 production of Polaroid Stories

 

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