We study works of literature with an eye for how they continue to inform our society today. The study of literature makes us more savvy about current events and, as such, it puts us into a position to contribute substantively to the conversation of the day.

In 500 words or two pages, link an idea we have encountered thus far in this course with a current (or semi-current) event and make an argument for how the critical interrogation of this idea as we find it in the work of literature is invaluable to building a more robust and informed understanding of said event.

So far we have read the story of Joseph from the Hebrew bible, the Iliad about Achilles, and the story of the Oedipus the king.

Western Literature