New School for Social Research: Creative Publishing

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)


Spring 2021

Taught By: Melissa Monroe

Section: A

CRN: 8370

Credits: 3

Homer’s Odyssey is among the most important foundational texts of Western literature. A work that has become the paradigm for the heroic voyage, it has a vast tonal and thematic range, addressing exile, homecoming, fidelity, honor, deception, the characteristics of a civilized society, and the relations between men and women, parents and children, and individuals and their social groups. Countless subsequent authors have used elements of Homer’s epic as starting points; in fact, the story has become the basis for an ongoing conversation among writers, who revisit its characters and tropes as part of the never-ending effort to define the role of literature in helping us understand our lives. In this course, we look at the Odyssey itself and some of the works of poetry, fiction and drama it has inspired. We spend the first month reading the Odyssey, then devote four sessions to Joyce’s Ulysses. After that, we turn to other authors who have taken the Odyssey as a point of departure, including Derek Walcott, Louis Aragon, Jean Giraudoux, and Margaret Atwood, and consider how each author uses elements of the original epic for his or her own purposes, in order to explore some of Homer’s major themes for audiences living in a world very distant from that of the ancient Greeks. We also consider the cumulative effect of this tradition of reimagining: how each new version explicitly or implicitly comments on previous versions, creating a metafictional narrative that becomes part of the story itself.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Creative Publishing (GPUB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:12am 12/5/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021