English 111. Epic: From Homer to Star Wars

Instructor: Leah Whittington
Terms: Spring Term

English 111

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 am-12 pm | Location: Sever 110

This course studies epic literature through six significant works in the genre: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Milton’s Paradise Lost, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and George Lucas’ Star Wars. We will examine these works in terms of their formal conventions, thematic interests, and historical contexts, as well as attending to the interactions between texts in the epic tradition, the shift from narrative poetry to novel and film, and the manifestations of epic in the modern world.

Note: This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding.

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