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CMLT0230

Myth & Contemporary Experience

Myth and Contemporary Experience: Modern Poems on Classical Myths*
Greek mythology, an enduring presence in Western thought, has provided, according to Carl Jung, the foundation of one half of our spiritual tradition. In this course we shall study how this rich mythical material has shaped modern poetry. Through close readings of modern poems and their ancient models, we will trace the way 20th-century poets appropriate and transform the classical past in order to reflect on their historical present. While viewing this function of myth as an element of modernity, we shall also explore how these poets build connections between the archetypal meaning of the ancient stories, the questions of existence, and our own contemporary lives. Readings will include Rilke, Eliot, Pound, Cavafy, Montale, Akhmatova, Borges, as well as Sylvia Plath, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott, Louise Gl├╝ck, and Seamus Heaney. 3 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc.
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Department:
Comparative Literature
Division:
Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP LIT PHL
Equivalent Courses:
CLAS0230
LITP0230

Sections

Spring 2013

CMLT0230A-S13 Lecture (Hatjigeorgiou)
CMLT0230Y-S13 Discussion (Hatjigeorgiou)
CMLT0230Z-S13 Discussion (Hatjigeorgiou)