HUM 321

Ancients and Moderns: The Ulysses Theme in Western Art and Literature

This course follows various treatments of the Ulysses story in literature and art and considers how the continual reinterpretation of Homer's hero reflects aesthetic practice in different genres. The course also identifies certain shifts in cultural, political, and intellectual values over time. The constant re-evaluation and reinterpretation of character (Ulysses) raises interesting questions of tradition, continuity, and discontinuity and tells us much about the cultures who retell Ulysses' story. As is the standard practice in Humanities courses at Puget Sound, the course approaches the "Ulysses theme" from a number of disciplinary perspectives.