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HUM 303 Paper Topics for Paper #1 Due October 7, at beginning of class Late papers are penalized 1/3 grade for each day late (A A-; A- B+; etc.) Choose one of the following and develop a 5-page paper (following instructions printed on back of this page) in response. You should use the topic as a starting point for asking questions to guide your study of the works you will compare; it is up to you to come up with a thesis that is rooted in your own interpretation of the works. List of works you may choose from: Plato’s Symposium (or any one speech within it); Sappho’s poems (all, or any one of them); Euripides’ Medea ; Troubadour songs (all, or any one of them); Chaucer’s “Miller’s Tale”; Kalidasa’s Recognition of Sakuntala . 1. Choose any two works from the list above and consider how they approach the relationship between romantic love (eros) and duty or responsibility (such as, one’s duty to family, or to the community, or to (the) God(s). Are the two in conflict, or are they in
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Unformatted text preview: harmony with one another? How so? 2. Choose any two works from the list above and consider how they approach the relationship between sexual desire and romantic love. Is physical desire something to be celebrated, transcended, condemned, or what? 3. Consider how any two works from the list above represent the differences between male and female desire. What is the basis for the difference (if there is one), according to these texts? Is one better, higher, lower, than the other? How so? 4. Consider how any two works from the list above understand the relationship between love and power. Does love empower or weaken the lover? Do relationships between lovers (or between lover and beloved) involve a power struggle? You may take this question in any number of directions! 5. Consider any two works from the above list and develop a thesis around a topic of your own choosing that helps us think about how the works differ, resemble one another, and implicitly speak to one another....
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