2022-2023 Catalog

CSLC 202 The Wake of the Ancient

The object of this course (as the three- or four-fold pun of its title implies) is not only to celebrate ancient literature on the occasion of its supposed passing, but also to highlight the ways in which ancient literature has informed the creation of - and might yet continue to re-inform our understanding of - many subsequent forms of literary expression. The course will begin, therefore, with the close textual analysis of one or more ancient literary works, and proceed with a comparative study of a text (or texts) drawn from later literary traditions, most particularly modern and contemporary treatments (the manifold ways, for instance, that Joyce draws upon Homer, Derrida upon Plato).


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • Pre-1800
  • Global Connections