Group D (Classical, Biblical or Renaissance Literature)

Literature Group D: One (1) course in Classical, Biblical or Renaissance Literature:

ENGL 202 Comparative Mythology
ENGL 265 Western Literature: Origins to the Renaissance
ENGL 271 Development of the Drama
ENGL 345 Studies in the Bible as Literature
ENGL 378 Studies in World Literature (depending on topic)

ENGL 202 Comparative Mythology (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 11)
A comparative study of primarily ancient myths through the Western and non-Western world, emphasizing such sources as Indian, Mayan, Finnish, Native American, Near Eastern, and Greek. Each belief system is first studied by itself before resemblances to other systems are sought. Finding elements that recur in a myth and that appear in other myths leads to considering the origin and nature of myth, as well as the significance of myth for a group of people.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 265 Western Literature: Origins to the Renaissance
A course designed to acquaint students with the foundations of western literature and with great writers of western civilization from antiquity through the Renaissance. Representative selections from such authors as Homer, Plato, Virgil, Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and Rabelais, as well as such works as the Bible, Greek drama, the medieval epic and romance are studied.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 271 Development of the Drama (Gen. Ed. Goal 4)
A study of the drama as an art form from its genesis in classical antiquity through its most recent expressions. Representative plays illustrating this development are read and discussed and students are encouraged to prepare selected scenes for class presentation. Related topics touched on include history of the theater and the literature of dramatic criticism.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 345 Studies in the Bible as Literature
An in-depth study of the literary art of the Bible in the context of the literature of the ancient Middle East. Focusing on specific topics, the course investigates the special literary characteristics of sacred texts, and may emphasize particular techniques (such as allusion, repetition, or parallelism) or genres (such as poetry, epic, prophecy, fable or history) within the Bible canon.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 378 Studies in World Literature
An examination of a special topic in world literature. Particular works covered may range from classical to contemporary texts, in English or in translation. Topics change each time the course is offered and may include the classical literature of Greece and Rome, the nineteenth-century European novel, and contemporary African literature. Depending on the topic, the course may fulfill the requirement for either Group D or Group E.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

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