Sp12-IHUM-3-14 : Epic Journeys, Modern Quests. 2012 Spring
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- Stanford (Calif.)
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- born digital
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Second of a two quarter sequence. Through the metaphor of the journey, epic poems externalize the human quest for identity and self-definition: as the epic hero crosses the physical world and descends into the underworld, to visit the dead and seek counsel from them, he gradually comes closer to himself. The different goals of such journeys and the evolution of the epic hero as he struggles to reach his destination, with attention to how exile and alienation, the encounter with ancestors, the female voice, and divine guidance define the trajectories traced by the various epics in question.The diminished importance of the dead and the increased emphasis on the power of the living in various literary genres. How concepts of humanity and society are defined by the sense of rupture with the past, including a heightened importance given to innovation, the present, the living, and the everyday that contrasts with the formative power of the afterlife, tradition, and the dead.
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- Stanford University Syllabi (SC1454)
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- Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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