Odysseys

English 698, Autumn 2016

Jack Lynch

Course Description

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Office: 501 Hill Hall, 973-353-5444

Hours: By appointment

E-mail: Jack.Lynch@rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).


Course Requirements


Schedule of Class Meetings

7 Sept.
Introduction: Class business, &c.

14 Sept.
The Thing Itself: Homer, Odyssey (late eighth century BCE), books 1–8.

21 Sept.
Odyssey, books 9–16.

28 Sept.
Odyssey, books 17–24; selections from various English Odyssey translations; Matthew Arnold, On Translating Homer (1861).

5 Oct.
Roman Odysseys: Virgil, Aeneid (c. 29–19 BCE), books 4 and 6; Ovid, Metamorphoses (first century CE), books 1314; Heroides 1 (“Penelope to Ulysses”).

12 Oct.
Odysseus without the Odyssey: Selections from:

19 Oct.
Homeric Problems: Selections from:

26 Oct.
Realms of Gold:
2 Nov.
Ineluctable Modalities: James Joyce, Ulysses (1922), books 1–6.

9 Nov.
Ulysses, books 7–12.

16 Nov.
Ulysses, books 13–18.

23 Nov.
No Class: Rutgers is on a Friday schedule.

30 Nov.
A Masochistic Odyssey through the Empire: Derek Walcott, Omeros (1990).

7 Dec.
Helped by Women at Every Turn: Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad (2005).

14 Dec.
More Sweetly than Our Rhyme: Final Paper Due.