Course Information
Course title
Introduction to Western Literature (Ⅰ) 
Semester
108-1 
Designated for
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES  
Instructor
MICHAEL MCGLYNN 
Curriculum Number
FL1015 
Curriculum Identity Number
102 14110 
Class
02 
Credits
3.0 
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
Preassign 
Time
Thursday 2,3,4(9:10~12:10) 
Remarks
Restriction: within this department (including students taking minor and dual degree program) AND Restriction: students with an even student ID number
The upper limit of the number of students: 60. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1081FL1015_02 
Course introduction video
 
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
Course Syllabus
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Course Description

The course is a two-semester sequence on foundational works of Western literature. In the first semester, students read representative works from the ancient Middle East, Classical Greece and Rome, and the Hebrew Bible. 

Course Objective
待補 
Course Requirement
none 
Office Hours
Note: Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-4:30pm 
References
待補 
Designated reading
The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, vol. 1, 9th ed. 
Grading
 
No.
Item
%
Explanations for the conditions
1. 
Homework 
10% 
 
2. 
Participation 
25% 
 
3. 
Quizzes 
25% 
 
4. 
Final Exam 
20% 
 
5. 
Mid-Term Exam 
20% 
 
 
Progress
Week
Date
Topic
第1週
  What is this course? What is a professor? What is a myth? 
第2週
  Creation stories and cosmology. Hebrew Bible: Sacred vs. Literary. Philosophy and Cosmology as Narrative. Gratitude as Universal Practice. 
第3週
  The Hebrew Bible (cont'd) 
第4週
  What is epic? The Cradle of Civilization 
第5週
  What is a hero? 
第6週
  "Love your friends, hate your enemies." 
第7週
  Iliad (cont'd) 
第8週
  The Original Road Story: The Wanderings of Odysseus 
第9週
  Mid-term Exam 
第10週
  No Class (University Anniversary) 
第11週
  Odyssey (cont'd) 
第12週
  Western Drama; Irony in the Flesh 
第13週
  Platonism, Idealism 
第14週
  What is literary criticism? 
第15週
  What is myth (revisited)? 
第16週
  Why do bad things happen to good people? Medieval Bestseller 
第17週
  Final Exam 
第18週
  TBA