SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentFreshman Class B, Department of English
Course NameIntroduction to Western Literature
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

課程主題、課程內容與指定閱讀、教學活動與作業Quiz, Lecture, Oral Report, Discussion、學習投入時數Student workload expectation課堂講授In-class Hours 3 課程前後Outside-of-class Hours 4


Western Lit Syllabus

Wk Topic        Content & Reading assignment Teaching Activities and Homework

課程主題 課程內容與指定閱讀               教學活動與作業

1 Introduction

history         Introduction to the course; 

                    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Literature pp. 3-21 (& Others pp. 23-51); The Epic of Gilgamesh pp.

                    54-65; 102-110

                   Outside reading I: The Story Bible Volume I: The Old Testament

2 Cosmogony

God           The Hebrew Bible, pp. 110-80

                  (Genesis: 1-3, 4, 6-9, 11, 17-19, 22, 25, 27, 37, 39-46, Exodus 19-20, Job, Psalm 23, 104, 137)

Outside Reading Test One on The Story Bible Volume I 

Outside reading II: Mythology

3 Greek Mythology and Epic

Hero         Homer, The Iliad, BKs 1, 6, 18, 22, 24, pp. 181-215, 243-258, 264-268, 283

4 Greek Epic

Hero        Homer, The Iliad, BKs 1, 6, 18, 22, 24, pp. 181-215, 243-258, 264-268, 283

5 Greek Epic

Hero        Homer, The Odyssey, BKs 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, pp. 291-301, 344-377, 385-410, 421-422

6 Greek Epic

Hero       Homer, The Odyssey, BKs 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, pp. 291-301, 344-377, 385-410, 421-422

Outside Reading Test Two on Mythology

7 Greek Fables

Poetry    Greek Fables, pp. 582-94; Sappho of Lesbos, pp. 594-602;

Plato, Symposium, pp. 821-48; supplementary materials on Aristotle

8           Mid-term Exam; Mid-term Project “Who’s for Dinner?” Due

             Outside Readings: The Story Bible Volume II: The New Testament

9 Greek Tragedy

             Aeschylus, Agamemnon, pp. 603-60

10 Greek Tragedy

            Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp. 661-706

11 Greek Tragedy

            Euripides, Medea, pp. 742-81

12 Greek Comedy

           Aristophanes, Lysistrata, pp. 782-820

13 Roman Epic

           Hero Virgil, The Aeneid Bks 1, 2, 4, pp. 981-991, 993-999, 1002-03, 1022-23, 1025-44

14 Roman Epic

          Hero Virgil, The Aeneid Bks 1, 2, 4, pp. 981-991, 993-999, 1002-03, 1022-23, 1025-44

15 Christianity

         God The New Testament, pp. 1135-65

Outside Reading Test Three on The New Testament

16 Roman Mythology

         God Ovid, Metamorphoses BKs 1, 2, 5, 10, pp. 1090-1117, 1121-1133

17 Review

         Final Project “Project EZ Journey” Due

18 Final Examination

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Keying-in grades, ppt preparation, maintaining the Moodle platform


Items of Evaluation評量項目

1. Students should come to the first class with their Norton textbook (available at Zhengda Bookstore), and they are expected to preview the assigned text materials before coming to the class.

2. A quiz will be given to students before an assigned reading is taught in class.

3. They should keep a journal in class and should also write down their preview and review thoughts. Creative writings related to the class materials are encouraged. Journals will be collected twice a semester, at the mid-term exam and final exam weeks for grading.

4. Regular tests will be also given on outside readings according to the syllabus.

5. Students will be divided into small groups to do a 15-minute oral presentation related to weekly reading topics. They should prepare printed copies of the oral report for the whole class. The cover page of the printed copy for the teacher should include their photos, names, and the title of the presentation topic. They should upload their ppt file to the Moodle platform.

6. Class lectures will be video recorded and the videos will be placed on the Moodle for students’ reference. Students must view 10-minute video clips on the Moodle platform corresponding to the weekly reading assignment before coming to the class and write down in the journal the answer to the question in the video.

7. Students should download and print out the Study Questions file on the Moodle platform and bring it to the class for class discussion.

8. Two term projects are required: “Eng and Zheng’s Journey into the Literature Woods,” and “Who’s for Dinner?”, due 2 weeks before the final exam and 1 week before the final exam respectively.

9. A mid-term examination and final examination will be given in class according to the class schedule.

Textbook & Reference

Required Texts

Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. New York: Warner Books, 1964.

Lawall, Sarah. Ed. The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. 9th edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1999.

Buck, Pearl S. The Story Bible Volume 1: The Old Testament. Taipei: Bookman, 1995.

---. The Story Bible Volume II: The New Testament. Taipei: Bookman, 1995.


Abrams, M. H. and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 11th Edition. Australia: Wadsworth, 2012.

Fulghum, Walter B. Jr. A Dictionary of Biblical Allusions in English Literature. Taipei: Bookman, 1965.

Horton, Rod W. and Vincent F. Hopper. Backgrounds of European Literature. Taipei: Bookman, nd.


吳松江譯。《文學術語手冊》。M. H. Abrams, Geoffrey Galt Harpham原著。台北:書林,2012


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