606 Imaginative Literature I

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Instructor(s): Joseph Pearce, Martin Cothran
Semester: Fall 2020
Class Time: Wednesday, 7-9 p.m. EDT

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Imaginative Literature I is a study of the literary texts which, outside of the Bible itself, constitute the core texts of Western civilization. It is a study of the two greatest works of the Greeks, the greatest work of the Romans, the greatest Christian work of the late middle ages, and the greatest work of English outside the King James translation of the Bible–along with one of the English works that helped make it possible. Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, and Chaucer–these are the works that form the bedrock of the Western literary tradition. A knowledge of these works will provide the best grounding for an understanding of the great books that followed them.

HOMER, The Iliad
HOMER, The Odyssey
VIRGIL, The Aeneid
DANTE, The Divine Comedy
CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales
SHAKESPEARE, Othello; King Lear; Macbeth