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All papers due on Fridays by 9 a.m. via email in a Word attachment, 2-3 pp. Please include at least

6 September:  Joseph in Genesis.


Let's say that you're teaching the Bible as literature to a group of bright high-schoolers, and your best student, a bomb-thrower (who likes you), concludes aloud to the class that the story of Joseph (Genesis 27-50) has nothing redemptive or heroic about it. She claims that it's a tale of human misery, greed, stupidity, and disloyalty.  You need to respond.


20 September:  Moses in Exodus


You're doing the same job, teaching the Bible as literature to a group of smart people who are younger than you are. Bomb-throwing student from last time really likes you, so she's going to challenge you again.  You have pointed out that the God in Exodus is remarkably human. She takes that assertion and runs with it. In fact, she argues, this deity is so human that he's as disagreeable as he is human.  Which specific aspects of this all-too-human disagreeable deity do you think she means? Cite some of them and answer her, agreeing or disagreeing.


Please avoid summarizing the plot of Exodus. We know what happens. What matters is WHY what happens happens, so to speak.  Look at Analytical Writing to your right.


4 October:  Homer, Odyssey


11 October: Sophocles, Oedipus


25 October: Virgil, Aeneid


1 November: Sappho and St. Augustine


15 November: Beowulf


22 November:  Marie and Chrétien


6 December:  Dante, Inferno


20 December: Chaucer, Wife Of Bath's Prologue and Tale

Analytical Writing

Short, analytical papers can be a demanding form for the novice. We're often trained to summarize or describe (show) rather than explain why something is there or what it might be doing (explain).  Please click the button below for some advice. 

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