Honors | Ideas & Experience I
H211 | 17526 | Richard Cecil


MW 1:00-2:15pm

"What is honor?" asks Fallstaff in Act V of Henry IV, pt. 1, and
that's the question we will ask of each of the ancient masterpieces
we read in this course. Beginning with Homer's aristocratic
warrior's code of honor in The Iliad and the Odyssey, and ending
with Madame de Lafayette's sophisticated courtier's code of honor in
The Princess of Cleves, we will investigate the hidden and open
assumptions about human behavior that underlie each of these
masterpieces' unstated codes of honor.

Written work for the course will consist of daily written discussion
questions, three critical papers of 3-5 pages, and a final 6-10 page
creative paper--an original story in which one of the characters
from one of the ten works we read encounters a situation which
forces her/him to question the code everyone else lives by.  These
stories will be photocopied and distributed to all members of the
class for discussion.

Course texts:  Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey, Sophocles's
Antigone, Virgil's The Aeneid, Seneca's Trojan Women, Njal's Saga,
Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji, Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde,
Shakespeare's Henry IV, pt. 1, and Madame de Lafayette's Princess of
Cleves.