Honors | Ideas & Experience - Ancient
H211 | 0001 | Cecil

This section is an intensive writing section and requires registration
in COAS W333.


In this section of H211 we will read ancient to early modern dramas
and epics with a special focus on the roles women play in those works,
as well as a great memoir, the 14th  century Confessions of Lady Nijo,
and what many consider to be the first great modern novel, the 10th
century The Tale of Gengi, both written by women. Beginning with the
depiction of women in Gilgamesh, the oldest epic, as mothers,
prostitutes, and barmaids, and ending with Racine's French seventeenth
century vision of Andromache and her rival Hermione as sophisticated,
witty, tragically powerful figures in Andromache, we'll trace the
history and development of female characters in fiction.  There will
be three 3-5 page critical essays, and a final, creative paper which
will consist of a scene from the point of view of one of the women who
appear in one or more of the texts--a scene in which her version of
the "facts" is dramatized.  Each student's creative assignment will be
distributed to the class and discussed in the final two weeks of the

Course Texts:  Gilgamesh; The Odyssey, tr. Robert Fitzgerald;
Aeschylus, Aeschylus 1, tr. Lattimore; Euripides, Ten Plays by
Euripides, tr. Moses Hadas and John McClean; Seneca, Trojan Women, tr.
Frederick Ahl; Virgil, Aeneid, tr. Fitzgerald, Lady Murasaki, The Tale
of Gengi, tr. Seidensticker; The Confessions of Lady Nijo, tr. Karen
Brazell; Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, tr. Nevill Cohill;
Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Racine, Andromache, tr. Richard