Phase I: ends 9 March 1999. (Written
During this phase you will decide subject, scope, and medium of your
project. Use the following guidelines to generate three potential
ideas, which you will explain to me in a brief write-up.
A. Choose a medium. Do this first, because it is probably
the easiest decision to make, and because it is also the most fundamental.
If you paint, draw, sculpt, or have some other artistic talent or passion,
opt for the visual. If you sing or play an instrument, opt for the
musical. If you love to write, opt for the textual. In theory,
there are no limitations on the form of your Homeric reinvention.
B. Choose your subject. What will you present in your medium?
Will you retell the Iliad? Will you go in between books of
the Odyssey? Will you show what happens ten years after Odysseus'
return? The choice is yours. The only stricture is that your
subject must clearly be Homeric; that is, one should be able to see
the genesis of your project in either text.
C. Choose your scope. What can you reasonably accomplish
in two months? Be ambitious, but not overly so. Note that I
may "advise" you to do less or more, depending on my assessment of your
Written requirement. List your three
ideas. Discuss each idea in one paragraph, stating the reason(s)
why it interests you. Conclude with a fourth paragraph on which idea
you believe will make the best project.
Your write-up is due 9 March in class, and must be typed and double