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    Vassar College
  Feb 22, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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CLCS 186 - The Western Literary Tradition: From Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
This seminar trains students in intensive English reading and writing skills, while providing an introduction to central elements of Western culture. Readings include Genesis, Homer, Plato, Virgil, Plutarch, and St. Augustine, as well as relevant critical articles and chapters. Different English translations from disparate historical times are introduced and compared in order to show historical and stylistic developments and variations of the English language. The course’s close attention to the varieties of English one may encounter in a college classroom make it particularly suited to students who are non-native speakers. Students give presentations on their readings and write in various formats such as narrative, essay, and explication of texts based on these readings. Haoming Liu.

Open only to freshmen; satisfies the college requirement for a Freshman Writing Seminar.

Two 75-minute periods.

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