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HIST 4122 Odysseys in the Western and Islamic Traditions (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Bridging the traditional divide between "East" and "West," "Christendom" and "Islamdom" and viewing cultural production as rooted in the human experience, this course focuses upon similar literary and intellectual trajectories across Europe and the Middle East from antiquity to the late eighteenth century. We will examine a series of parallel texts that span the genres of epic, poetry, biography, autobiography and travel narrative. Students will be asked to read these texts in two ways: as an individual perspective (male or female) and as an odyssey - a literary repository of socio-cultural transformation and exchange.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Dana Sajdi and Sarah Ross

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills Non-Western Requirement for History Majors


Last Updated: 18-Feb-15