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Approaches to Teaching Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

Editor(s): Kostas Myrsiades

Pages: x & 158 pp.
Published: 1987
ISBN: 9780873525008

"This lively and extremely informative volume will be welcomed by anyone who has faced the sometimes bewildering task of teaching Homer in translation to undergraduates.... Highly recommended as a teaching and learning aid for faculty and graduate students alike."

The casebound edition of this title is out of print.

Homer's epics usually appear first in anthologies used for the general literature courses required of most college and high school students throughout the country. His influence extends beyond the confines of English and classics departments into seminars offered in comparative literature, history, philosophy, and the social sciences. This volume in the Approaches to Teaching World Literature series describes how teachers present Homer in the classroom and convey to students the importance of his epics in Western culture.

Like other books in the series, this one is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews editions and translations of the Iliad and Odyssey and surveys secondary readings and audiovisual materials for both students and instructors. The second part, "Approaches," consists of seventeen essays by specialists and nonspecialists on teaching Homer in upper-division literature seminars, in undergraduate surveys, in composition courses, and in disciplines other than English and classics. The essays discuss backgrounds, influences, and themes and describe specific approaches, such as using the Iliad as a springboard for teaching literary history, examining what the Odyssey offers modern readers, and reading Aristotles's Poetics to glean insights into Homer's achievement.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

Kostas Myrsiades

Editions and Translations
Greek Editions

Required and Recommended Student Readings

Aids to Teaching
Audiovisual Materials
Homer and Computers

Critical and Reference Works: Survey Results

The Instructor's Library
Reference Works and Background Studies
Critical Studies



Teaching Homer and the Homeric Epics

The Iliad and the Odyssey as Great Literature
W. McLeod

On Recovering Homer
Robert Zaslavsky

Focusing on Homeric Values
J. Frank Papovich

Homeric Epic and the Social Order
Michael N. Nagler

Homeric Icons
Norman Austin

The Concept of the Hero
John E. Rexine

Homer in Art
Howard Clarke

Teaching Homer in Honors Composition
George D. Economou

Teaching Homer as History
Ronald P. Legon

Teaching Specific Epics

Teaching the Iliad in a Literature Survey Course
Mitzi M. Brunsdale

Homer as the Door to Critical Theory
Sally MacEwen

What the Iliad Might Be Like
George E. Dimock

Actively Engaging Students with Homer's Poetry
Barbara Apstein

The Study Question: An Avenue to Understanding Homer
Elizabeth A. Fisher

Odysseus: A Matter of Identity
Robert L. Tener

Teaching Homer from the Top Down: The Telemachy
William C. Scott

The Aristotelian Unity of Odysseus's Wanderings
Rick M. Newton

Works Cited


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