Humanities 2 is a course in the Shimer College curriculum that focuses on literary forms, from the Homeric era to the 20th century.


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    Humanities 2 provides an introduction to literary forms: lyric, narrative, and epic poetry; drama; short story; and novel. Literature is a way of representing the human condition. It is provocative because of its universals and because of its formal and rhetorical properties. Students in Humanities 2 articulate their responses to literature and think about the works as catalysts of those responses. They are also expected to come to terms with the works as both respondents and actors in the human drama that literature imaginatively depicts. Students write frequent short analytical and interpretive essays which increase comprehension, broaden outlooks, and afford practice in writing clearly. Faculty members work intensively with students on their writing. (Prerequisite: Integrative Studies 1)

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