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    Vassar College
  Jan 18, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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GRST 341 - Topics in Latin Literature

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Topic for 2016/17b:  The (Dis)embodied Self    This course examines narratives from Latin literature that raise questions about conceptualizations of the human body, matters of selfhood and personal identity, and various aspects of Roman culture. Our investigations center upon narratives in which the edges of the body are breached, penetrated, transgressed, blurred, and/or transformed. Possible readings in Latin include selections from Seneca’s Thyestes, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Celsus’ De Medicina, Lucan’s De Bello Civili, and Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, along with relevant pieces of modern scholarship. Our discussions also turn an eye toward the present day by comparing Roman constructs with perceptions of the body in the modern world.

Prerequisite: GRST 246  or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

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