EPIC!

2021 SUE ROSE SUMMER INSTITUTE
Literature as a Mode of Knowledge

Keith, Dora Wheeler. Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night. 1886, silk embroidered with silk thread. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


WHEN & WHERE

July 5 – July 23 (Mon – Fri)
8:45am – 4:00pm

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
2719 Routh St. Dallas, TX 75201

For application and pricing information, contact Dr. Seemee Ali, sali@dallasinstitute.org
 


ABOUT

For a twenty-first century audience, the imaginative framework we call “epic” can feel uncannily familiar. That’s because epic literature begins in crisis (some examples: the cosmos-shaking rage of a dishonored warrior in Homer’s Iliad; the eerie, implacable havoc generated by a murdered baby’s ghost in Toni Morrison’s Beloved). In ancient texts, gods and heroes serve as both cause and cure of crises that engulf the entire cosmos. But in modern texts, the salvific energy of such gods and heroes can seem elusive. Yet even today the epic impulse remains alive — the impulse, that is, to cast the human predicament in mythic terms; to see an entire community’s future crystallized in a single, charismatic figure; to valorize ideals that can seem outdated; to cultivate new hope even as familiar moral codes are discarded. Now, in 2021, in the wake of an epoch-making pandemic, one that has challenged our economy, upended our politics, and exposed widening fault-lines in our culture, we might find solace – and even wisdom – in the enduring relevance of epic literature.

Each year, since 1984, the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers has brought together an inspired and inspiring group of educators to consider the greatest works of the poetic imagination. Join us this summer for lively seminars and life-changing lectures, as we consider ancient and modern epics – ranging from the Mahabharata to Moby-Dick. (See below for a full list of texts studied in past summer institutes.)

Thanks to the generosity of Deedie and Rusty Rose, full-time primary and secondary-school teachers receive scholarships for the course, inclusive of texts and meals.

 


EPIC READINGS!

THE ILIAD

THE ODYSSEY

THE AENEID

DIVINE COMEDY

MOBY DICK

EPIC OF GILAMESH

GENESIS

THE MWINDO EPIC

LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL

PARADISE LOST

THE SLAVE NARRATIVES BY FREDERICK DOUGLASS

THE POPOL VUH

THE BOOK OF THE HOPI

THE CHINESE EPIC MONKEY

MAHABHARATA