Jul 17, 2024  
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CLCS 101 - Civilization in Question

1 unit(s)
(Same as GRST 101 )  In the past, college curricula in this country were often organized around the idea of the “Great Books” of “Western Civilization.” Today though, the very idea of a Western literary canon has been challenged as a vehicle for reinforcing questionable norms and hierarchies and silencing other important perspectives. In this class we read well-known ancient, medieval and Renaissance texts with a view to how they themselves question the civilizations from which they emerge. We challenge the idea that there is a monolithic “Western” tradition while opening up new possibilities for engaging with pre-modern texts and ideas. Readings may include Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, the Hebrew Bible, Augustine, Maimonides and Thomas More. Rachel Friedman, Christopher Raymond.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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