Classics 156
World Literature 156

Satiric Spirit

Fall 2004

Angell B 203

TuTh 12:30-1:45


August
31  Introduction; Aristophanes Clouds

September
2  Greek Old Comedy

7  Aristophanes Birds

9  Aristophanes Lysistrata

14  Aristophanes Frogs

16  Greek New Comedy: Menander, Old Cantankerous

21  Plautus, Pot of Gold, Prisoners

23  Plautus, Brothers Menaechmus, Swaggering Soldier

28  Plautus, Pseudolus

30  MIDTERM TEST

October
5  Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors

7  Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew

12  Moliere, School for Wives

14  Moliere, Miser, Hypochondriac

19  IN-CLASS PAPER

21  Roman Satire: The Verse Essay: Horace

26  Horace, Satires and Epistles

28  Persius, Satires

November
2  Juvenal, Satires 1, 3, 4

4  Juvenal, Satires 6, 10

8  Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Saint Michael's)

9  Greek and Latin Epigram (handouts)

11  Martial, Epigrams (handouts)

16  IN-CLASS PAPER

18  Seneca, Apocolocyntosis, Petronius, Satyricon

23  Lucian, Satires

25  THANKSGIVING RECESS

30  Lucian, A True Story, The Ass

December
2  Apuleius, Golden Ass

7  Catch up (or give up!)

10  FINAL EXAM: Friday, 8:00-11:00 AM

This course is designed for READING (attentive reading, and plenty of it).

There will be quizzes (both announced and unannounced), mainly as samples of kinds of questions to appear on mideterm and final exam. Students may miss two quizzes without explanation (or the two lowest quiz grades will be thrown out); for all other absences quiz grade will be zero.

In-class papers will be 50-minute essays on assigned topics based on reading. (Individual choice of focus will be needed, to be clarified with the instructor in advance). Each of these in-class papers will subsequently be revised - as often as necessary - into a final polished essay.

Final grade will be based upon the following, with approximate percentages:

Preparation, attendance and participation (includes quizzes)     35% of final grade
Midterm exam     15%
Two in-class papers (revisions expected), each 15%     30%
Final exam (cumulative)     20%

Petitions for rescheduling the final must be made before the end of the add/drop period.

Robert Rodgers
481 Main Street, Room 103
Telephone 656-4626
Office Hours: Mon, Fri 9:00-10:00 and by appointment

Contact instructor: Robert.Rodgers@uvm.edu