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Comparative Literature and Culture 1020 Study Guide - Bildungsroman, Eumaeus, Vincent Van Gogh


Department
Comparative Literature and Culture
Course Code
CLC 1020
Professor
Laurence De Looze

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Title
Author
Genre/Affiliated
Movements
Main Characters
Possible Terms/Themes and
Explanatory Notes
The Odyssey
Homer
Ancient Greek
epic
Odysseus,
Penelope,
Telemachus,
Athena (goddess of
wisdom), Cyclops,
Circes, Calypso,
Elyopenor, Laertes,
Eumaeus (faithful
swineherd)
Nostos (home), Andra (man,
hero, husband), Nohbody,
Eumaeus (the faithful
swineherd turns out to be the
real nobleman, while the
court noblemen act
disgustingly; like in Oedipus
where the blind Tiresias can
actually “see” the truth, and
Oedipus is “blind” to the
truth); parallels between
Odysseus and Athena: both
always in disguise, one is a
goddess and one is a hero =
both positions of power,
worthy of admiration.

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Oedipus Rex/
Oedipus the
King
Sophocles
Ancient Greek
play
Oedipus, Jocasta,
Antigone, Creon,
Tiresias
Basileus (inherited, sacral
kingship--handed over to
son), Tyrannos (chosen king,
elected when no inheriting
king is present; Oedipus is
both: a Tyrannos who
discovers he's a Basileus);
Lysistrata
Aristophane
s
Ancient Greek
play
Lysistrata,
Kleonike, Myrrhine,
Lampito
“Lysistrada” = “disbander of
armies; confusion of public/
private sectors,
The Apology
of Socrates
Plato
Ancient Greek
dialogue
Socrates, Meletus
Socratic method (answering
a question with a question,
learning involves dialogue
between two people,
emphasis on the process over
the product), Plato’s the
“chairness of the
chair” (divine form has
greater reality than imperfect
articulations); Anamnesis. all
of knowledge is a return to
knowledge that has been
lost; when the soul fell into
the body, it forgot what it
knew.

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The Old
Testament
(Job, Jonah,
Isaiah, Song
of Songs)
God. Or
maybe
ordinary
people who
called
themselves
“prophets”
and really
knew shit
all. …I
won’t write
that on the
exam.
Job, Jonah,
Abraham and Isaac,
Theme of separation (in
creation, separation of Israel
and Egypt, towel of Babel,
barren and fertile; i.e. the
women as well as the land;
Egypt is fertile, Canaan is
not); theme of privileging
one over the other (the
second over the first). Jesus/
Socrates connection: both
speak in parables. o
The New
Testament
(Luke,
Matthew)
Jesus.
Jesus are Socrates both speak
in parables.
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