SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentFreshman Class B, Department of English
Course NameIntroduction to Western Literature
InstructorHSU LI-HSIN
Course TypeRequired
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

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. 117-29, 150-51, 152-77, 178-80

(Genesis: 1-25, Exodus 19-20, Job 1-42, Psalm 23, 104, 137) 

Outside Reading Test One on The Story Bible Volume I 

Outside reading II: Mythology

3 Automonous Learning & Online Responses

4 Greek Mythology and Epic

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

264-268, 283

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

264-268, 283

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

7 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

8 Greek Fables

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

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

Mid-term Exam

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

10 Greek Tragedy

Aeschylus, Agamemnon, pp. 603-60

11 Greek Tragedy

Sophocles, Oedipus the King, pp. 661-706

12 Greek Tragedy

Euripides, Medea, pp. 742-81

13 Automonous Learning & Online Responses

14 Greek Comedy

Aristophanes, Lysistrata, pp. 782-820

15 Roman Epic

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

1022-23, 1025-44

16 Christianity

God The New Testament, pp. 1135-65

Outside Reading Test Three on The New Testament

17 Roman Mythology

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

18 Final Examination




Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant



A. Grading Criteria

Items of Evaluation

1. Students should come to the class before 9:10 am with their required reading materials (on the Moodle platform), and they are expected to preview the assigned text materials before coming to the class. Readings before class MUST be done in time. 

2. A quiz will be given to students before an assigned reading is taught in class. No late assignments and no make-up quizzes and exams.

3. They should bring a notebook or loose pages to the class and should keep a journal in class. They are supposed to keep their preview and review thoughts in the journal. 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. Three tests will be also given on outside readings according to the weekly 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 copy of the oral report for the instructor. The cover page of the printed copy should include their photos, names, and the title of the presentation topic. They should email their ppt file to the instructor or the teaching assistant.

6. Students must view 10-minute video clips on Moodle 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 may download and print out the Study Questions file on Moodle and bring it to the class for class discussion. 

8. Participation in Group Discussions is absolutely required. Please attend each class and discuss issues with your classmates.

B. Grading Percentage 

Quizzes 20%  

Journals & Online Forums 15%

Oral Presentation and Class Discussion 15%  

Mid-term and Final Exams 50% 

C. Effects of Learning

1. Students will have a better understanding of the Western cultural tradition from the ancient times to the Renaissance.

2. Students will have a better understanding of Western literary classics from the ancient times to the Renaissance.

3. Students will have their vocabulary and reading comprehension improved by reading rigorously literary materials.




Textbook & Reference

A. Required Texts:

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.

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

Lawall, Sarah. Ed. The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. W. W. Norton & 

     Company, 1999. 

Perry, Marvin. et al. Sources of the Western Tradition: From Ancient Times 

to the Enlightenment. Houghton Mifflin, 1995. 


B. Recommended Texts:

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:



C. Outside Readings:

The Story Bible Volume I: The Old Testament

The Creation of the World

The Barren of Eden

Cain and Abel: The First Murder

Noah and the Flood

The Tower of Babel

The Fate of Sodom

The Sacrifice of Isaac

Moses in the Bulrushes

The Burning Bush

The Ten Commandments

Land of Milk and Honey

Samson and Delilah

The Story of Ruth

David and Goliath

The Triumph and The Tragedy of David

The Wisdom of Solomon


Part One:

The Titans and the Twelve Great Olympians

The Two Great Gods of Earth

How the World and Mankind Were Created

The Earliest Heroes

Part Two:

Cupid and Psyche

The Quest of the Golden Fleece

Four Great Adventures

Part Three:


Part Four:

The Heroes of the Trojan War

Part Five:

The House of Atreus

The Royal house of Thebes

The Story Bible Volume I: The New Testament

The Angel Gabriel

The Birth of Jesus

John the Baptist

Jesus in the Wilderness

The Beginning of the Mission

Jesus in Galilee

The Feeding of the Multitude

Disputes in the Temple

The Way of the Cross

Last Hours in the Temple

The Last Supper

The Betrayal

The Trial

The Crucifixion

He Is Risen!


Urls about Course
1. Open Textbook Library: 2. World History Encyclopedia: 3. ???????The Norton anthology of western literature. Volume 1: 4. The Norton anthology of world masterpieces : the Western tradition: