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background image 4/11: Group Long Answer Formatted Quiz and movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch­ “The Origin of Love”
­ Hansel, age 2­6, first diary, illustrated, touched by many, father? mother?
­ 3 sexes: male, female, it
­ It was cut in half by Zeus’s lightning bolts to make males and females
­ If we are to misbehave again Zeus can threaten to split us again
­ love is the pain of when two people are trying to become one again
Aristophanes: greatest comedian of his time fundamentally broke up ending of the Symposium is inconclusive, no beginning or ending, the party is still going 
on 
4/13: “Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns… start from where you will­ sing for 
our time too.” –Book 1, line 1 and 12
someone surrendering control to something larger than themselves 1800 AD London, William Wordsworth (poet and publisher) had an opportunity to 
make money by reprinting a novel he wrote, Lyrical Ballads, they reprinted because the 
original print sold out, in order to make readers buy the novel again, William wrote a 
preface for the second edition
in preface, William writes “for all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful 
feeling”
in all cases, a work of literature needs to be understood as an intimate expression of the 
author’s true feelings­ a personal statement by the author, a work of art
Assumptions of Homer military man (1830­1831) of rank (lieutenant or general) private or foot soldier due to wounds doctor due to reference of wounds agriculture, farmer drafted into the military woman: due to the understanding of what conversations between women would sound 
like
all of the above Who was Milman Parry? born and raised in California (away from the big universities, had to come up with things 
on his own which made him incredibly smart)
classical author felt things were wrong with books arguing about who Homer was reread Odyssey and Illiad countless times
background image noticed:
­ unbelievable word repetition; “when Dawn rose once again with her rose­colored 
fingertips” ­ so descriptive of tasks and myths, ex: how to draw a bath or slaughter a heifer, much  like an encyclopedia ­ characters never write anything own or read anything that has been written  ­ no mention because technology (reading and writing) has not yet been invented
­ comes from preliterate culture, transmitted through oral tradition
­ repetition in a song is part of the experience
­ small children can sing before reading or writing
Who (or what) is the bard? beginning narrator who calls on the reader to sing Abdo Mudediriche, made a living travelling with string instrument much like a guitar 
singing/chanting hymns and narrating about the days of Odysseus (mortals talking to 
Gods, monsters inhabiting the Earth, people living amazing lives)
completely illiterate, could not read or write, learned tales from his father or paternal 
family figures
Homeric Bards Homer­ refers not to an individual person but of a tradition including thousands of story 
tellers
at some point some version of the story was written down, given a permanent form but a 
loss of theatrical experience
repetitions may be done being somebody may have not heard it by leaving the audience 
or coming a new day of the performance, could be stretched over a week of entertainment
basic form of music: themes in variation Kleos: glory or fame
­ can attain by going to college or joining the military
­ Odysseus has so much, Telemachus doesn’t have any YET
Nostos: going home, returning to place of origins, returning from a journey to enjoy the 
fruits of it
Relationship between kleos and nostos: hope to leave home as a freshmen, come to CP 
and graduate (kleos), then return home in glory (nostos)
cannot be dead and achieve nostos Xenia:
­ 100 years ago, common girl’s name
­ hospitality, guest host relations
­ ritual of xenia is the wat of distinguishing between good guys and bad guys
­ series of actions involving food and drink

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School: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Department: Foreign Language
Course: Great Books I: Introduction to Classic Literature
Professor: James Cushing
Term: Spring 2016
Tags: english
Name: ENGL 251 Week 3 Notes
Description: Lecture notes and Odyssey handout
Uploaded: 04/18/2016
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