World Literature I—WLIT 1113
**Note: this syllabus may change at the instructor’s discretion**
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Unit 1: The Archetypal and Epic Hero
Monday, August 26th: Syllabus and Course Introduction
Homework: Read “The Myth Model” on BlackBoard
Wednesday, August 28th: The Importance of Myth and How to Wrestle an Academic Article
Homework: Read Gilgamesh through Tablet III (p. 95-115)
Friday, August 30th: Mesopotamian Introduction
Homework: Read Gilgamesh Tablet IV through Tablet XIII (p. 115-134)
Monday, September 2nd: LABOR DAY. NO CLASS!
Wednesday, September 4th: Gilgamesh and Reading the Old Stuff
Homework: Finish Gilgamesh
Friday, September 6th: Literary Themes
Monday, September 9th: Gilgamesh as Myth
Homework: Read “Heroism: A Conceptual Analysis” on BlackBoard
Wednesday, September 11th: What is a Hero? Assign term project.
Homework: Read “Hero’s Journey” on BlackBoard (link) and watch “Hero’s Journey” (YouTube link on BlackBoard)
Friday, September 13th: Monomyth and the Heroic Journey
Homework: Read The Iliad through Book VI (p. 221-56)
Monday, September 16th: Greece and the Epic Hero
Homework: Read The Iliad through Book XVI (p. 256-283)
Wednesday, September 18th: Untangling the Gordian Knot
Homework: Read The Iliad through Book XXII (p. 284-312)
Friday, September 20th: The Iliad
Homework: Finish The Iliad
Monday, September 23rd: Social Class and Value
Wednesday, September 25th: Greek Heroism
Friday, September 27th: Gilgamesh vs. The Iliad
Monday, September 30th: Review for Midterm Exam
Homework: Study for midterm exam. Bring a blue book!
Wednesday, October 2nd: Midterm. Bring a blue book!
Homework: Read excerpts from “Hero on High” on BlackBoard
Unit 2: The Religious Hero
Friday, October 4th: Religious Heroism and the Ancient Hebrews
Homework: Read “The Story of Samson” on BlackBoard
Monday, October 7th: Samson (and Delilah)
Homework: Read “Joseph” from Genesis (p. 180-190)
Wednesday, October 9th: The Biblical Hero
Homework: Read “Surah 12: Joseph” from the Qur’an (p. 88-93)
Friday, October 11th: NO CLASS. Watch documentary on Islam on BlackBoard.
Monday, October 14th: NO CLASS. Watch performance of The Dojoji on BlackBoard.
Wednesday, October 16th: The Problem with Joseph
Homework: Read The Dojoji on BlackBoard
Unit 3: The Villain(ess)
Friday, October 18th: Introduction to Japan
Homework: Read “Villains, Monsters, and Evil Masterminds” on BlackBoard
Monday, October 21st: FALL BREAK. NO CLASS!
Wednesday, October 23rd: The Dojoji and the Villainess
Homework: Read Medea through Antistrophe I on p. 802
Friday, October 25th: Medea and the Tragedy
Homework: Finish Medea
Monday, October 28th: Medea
Homework: Read “The Anti-hero” on BlackBoard
Wednesday, October 30th: Villain? Anti-Hero? Article critique 1 due via SafeAssign by midnight.
Homework: Read “Lanval” and “Laustic” on BlackBoard
Friday, November 1st: Marie De France and the Chivalric Lais
Homework: Read Beowulf through “The Fight with Grendel” (p. 107-131)
Unit 4: The Ancient Hero and the Superhero
**View Batman Begins previously to this unit**
Monday, November 4th: Introduction to the Anglo Saxons
Homework: Read Beowulf through “Another Celebration at Heorot” (p. 131-153)
Wednesday, November 6th: Anglo-Saxon Value Systems
Homework: Finish Beowulf
Friday, November 8th: Othering in Beowulf
Monday, November 11th: The Crisis of Aging
Wednesday, November 13th: Beowulf and the Western Hero
Homework: Read “Beowulf to Batman” on BlackBoard
Friday, November 15th: Beowulf as Proto-Superhero
Homework: Read “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” on BlackBoard
Monday, November 18th: Introduction to the American Myth and the Superhero
Wednesday, November 20th: The Avengers
Friday, November 22nd: The Avengers. Article critique 2 due via SafeAssign by midnight.
Monday, November 25th: The Avengers.
Wednesday, November 27th: THANKSGIVING. NO CLASS!
Friday, November 29th: THANKSGIVING. NO CLASS!
Monday, December 2nd: The Avengers as Myth.
Homework: Read “The Significance of the Superhero” on BlackBoard
Wednesday, December 5th: Epic Predecessors to American Values
Homework: Read excerpts from Don Quixote (TBD)
Friday, December 7th: The Problem with Heroism
Monday, December 9th: Class Wrap-Up
Homework: Final project.
Wednesday, December 11th: Final Project Due. Review for Final Exam.
Homework: Study for final.
Friday, December 13th: DEAD DAY. NO CLASS!
Final Exam: Monday, December 16th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Bring a blue book!