This course considers the mother-daughter relationship through the prism of two texts, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and Sophocles' Electra. We will consider how each text mobilizes the techniques of its genre-the Homeric hymn and Attic tragedy-to take up the problems of family relationships, violence and social conflict, gender, and narrative closure. The course gives upper-level students of Greek the opportunity to hone their comprehension of Greek grammar and syntax while engaging major thematic and stylistic concerns of archaic and classical Greek poetry.
Topics in Greek Literature: Mothers and Daughters in Epic and Tragedy (LA)
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