Foreign Acquisitions

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Foreign Acquisitions January 28, 2008 Keyterms: o Helms o Tiresias o Sirens Exam I location: THH 202 o Monday 2/4; 12-2 pm o 25% keyterm identification (pick 6 out of 8) 2-3 sentences about: place, relationships, key narratives o 25% passage analysis (pick 4 out of 5) Short answers 3 specific questions + additional information Explain the significance of this passage in relations to broader terms Speaker, author, time period, significance Sea travel, hospitality, identity, monstrosity Travel: sense of civilization; men v. monsters Identity: Noman, Polythemus- son of Poseidon o 50% Essay Myth and distance Thesis: It's not just objects that can be brought back from distance places ,but also powerful knowledge. o Intangible knowledge of distant worlds: enhances status and power of traveler Helms, Ulysses' sail, Pg. 4 "In considering geographical space and distance, I am assuming that in traditional societies space and distance are not neutral concepts, but are accorded sociological, political, and especially ideological significance. More specifically, I argue that geographical distance from a given cultural heartland may correspond with supernatural distance from that center; that as one moves away from the axis mundi one moves toward places and people that are increasingly "different" and, therefore, may be regarded as increasingly supernatural, mythical, and powerful, the more distant they are from the heartland." o Axis mundi: center of the world o The farther we go, the more difference, supernatural, powerful, mythical Lucan, Book 9 o "Medusa is said to have lived in the far west of Africa, at the point where the ocean laps against the hot earth." o
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