世界古代文学名著

Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature

Examine how cultures of the ancient world defined themselves through literature and how their vision of literature contributes to our understanding of civilization, culture, and literature today.

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哈佛大学
edX
  • 完成时间大约为 6
  • 初级
  • 英语
注:因开课平台的各种因素变化,以上开课日期仅供参考

你将学到什么

The early history of World Literature

How literary works are transformed by cultural transmission and modern recovery

How to critically analyze literary works

The significance of major technological advances in writing

课程概况

This short literature course, based on the first half of the Masterpieces of World Literature edX MOOC, examines how civilizations and cultures of the ancient world defined themselves through literature and how that literature has continued to contribute to our understanding of those civilizations and cultures today.

Cities, nations, and empires from antiquity through the middle ages drew on foundational histories and myths for their identities, relating these narratives through generations by means of oral-storytelling and new writing technologies. These epics, story collections, and novels, which take a keen interest in heroic travelers, would eventually travel themselves, finding new global audiences as the first works of world literature.

Tracing developments in language, writing, and literary genre, this course also travels in time, from legendary accounts of ancient kings to histories of medieval courts and early-modern exploration. We will stop to consider how all of these texts affected the history of their own eras, but also how they have continued to find new prominence and significance in ours.

课程大纲

Section 1: Introduction: What is World Literature? (Goethe)
Section 2: The Birth of Literature ( The Epic of Gilgamesh )
Section 3: Homer and the Archeology of the Classical Past ( The Odyssey )
Section 4: West-Eastern Conversations ( The1001 Nights )
Section 5: The Floating World ( The Tale of Genji )
Section 6: The First National Epic ( The Lusíads )

预备知识

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