Classics of Page & Screen

CLST 206

Some legends are written in blood …and some in light. This course will explore how ancient poets and contemporary films understand the Hero and the Villain as reflections of their society. How does Achilles “speak” to Marlon Brando (“Colonel Kurtz” in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now), Orestes to John Wayne (“Ethan Edwards” in Ford’s The Searchers), or Aeneas to Harrison Ford (“Rick Deckard” in Scott’s Blade Runner)? Through reading and viewing these classic texts, we shall examine how ancient literature and modern cinema both dramatize our most fundamental human values, desires—and fears.

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Greece, Italy
Explore these religions: 
Paganism
Relevance to other majors: 
This course will be useful to students majoring in the visual arts (film in particular), literature, American Studies, ancient history.
206
Faculty: 

Micaela Janan, mjanan@duke.edu

Crosslisting Numbers: 
AMI 271
Areas of Knowledge: 
ALP, CCI, CZ
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
Yes
Literature in Translation?
Yes