Department of English

Jeffrey Barnouw

Professor EmeritusPh.D., 1969, Yale University

Jeffrey Barnouw



Literature and philosophy; literature and music; history of critical theory and rhetoric; the Enlightenment.


Jeffrey Barnouw holds a Ph.D from Yale and is a professor in the English Department. His research interests Include: Literature and Philosophy, Literature and Music, History of Critical Theory and Rhetoric, and The Enlightenment.


E 379N • Homer In Translation-W

35295 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM BEN 1.126

E379N: Homer in Translation (35295)

TuTh 3:30-5  /  Benedict 1.126  /  Fall 09 
Prof. Barnouw  /  Phone: 471-4045  /  email:
Office Hours: TuTh 2:00-3:25  /  Parlin 319  /  email:


  • Homer, The Iliad, tr. Robert Fagles, Penguin Classics paper  0140445927
  • Homer, The Odyssey, tr. Albert Cook, Norton Critical Edition  0393964051
  • Latacz, Homer. His Art and His World, Univ. of Michigan Pr  0472083538
  • Barnouw, Odysseus, Hero of Practical Intelligence University Press of America  076183026X


The course grade will be based on the three papers, 16 pages in all (5, 5, 6), an oral report and participation in class discussion, five factors weighted more or less equally, although consideration will be given for improvement. Attendance is required. More than three unexcused absences may result in a lower grade, more than five unexcused absences in failure for the course. Students will have access to the course’s Blackboard site through UT Direct.


Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.

Submitting as one’s own work passages taken from other sources, printed or on-line, is plagiarism and will result in a punitive failure for the course. The papers do not need to (although they certainly may) use ‘outside’ sources.

It is your own understanding of texts and issues, your own judgment, and (as a bonus) your imagination, subtlety, wit that I am most eager to see and appreciate. Every paper must have a title that indicates its main thrust. Please feel free to discuss your ideas with me beforehand. One rewrite of either the first or second paper is possible.

For more information, please download the full course syllabus.

C L 385 • History Of Literary Criticism

28690 • Spring 2000
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM CAL 22

Course Description

This course will aim to provide a reasonably representative introduction to literary theory from Socratic texts through Augustine’s important contributions into the late nineteenth century.  Throughout the course we shall have a double emphasis:  grappling with the original historical goals of these works and detecting the way in which the problems they address continue to define the terms of modern theoretical debates so as to remain pressing today.  Particular attention will be paid both to the Platonic attack upon poetry and rhetoric, particularly in the course of his remarks about tragedy, and to Aristotle’s complex and multiple responses.  The Roman revisers of the Greek inheritance will be viewed as a first reception, to be followed by several examples drawn from the Renaissance and from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  The later texts will draw out implications from the classical material of India, Japan, Greece and the Hebrew tradition in ways which inflect the material for particular aesthetic and ideological purposes.  We shall be especially interested in the flurry of theoretical activity throughout the nineteenth century as the aesthetic and philosophical apparatus attempts to cope with the very real implications of the century: industrialism, empire, the decline of metaphysics, etc.  A final gesture will be made towards the implications of this historical trajectory for the twentieth century.



Required Texts:

Hazard Adams, Critical Theory Since Plato (HBJ, 1992)

Reader, available from Speedway, Dobie Mall, 2nd Level (469-5653)


All texts will be available in the original languages as well as in suitable English translations.  Students are encouraged to read texts in the original where possible. Selections will be drawn primarily from Hazard Adams, Critical Theory Since Plato with additional texts such as selections from the Natyasastra; Midrash, Tacitus, Dialogus, Giraldi Cinthio, Internal Discourse; Du Bellay, Defense and Illustration; Diderot, Rameau’s Nephew; Schiller, Naïve and Sentimental Poetry; Kleist, “On the Marionette Theater;” Shleiermacher, “1819 Lectures on Hermeneutics;” Derrida, Dissemination; Baudrillard, Simlulations.


"Britain and European Literature and Thought." In The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780 (pp.423-444). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

"Odysseus, Hero of Practical Intelligence. Deliberation and Signs in Homer's Odyssey." Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2004.

"Learning from Experience, or Not: From Chrysippus to Rasselas." Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 33, 313-336, September 2004.

Propositional Perception. Phantasia, Predication and Sign in Plato, Aristotle and the Stoics. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2002.

"Bible, science et souverainete chez Bacon et Hobbes." Revue de Theologie et de Philosophie, 133, 247-265, 2001.

"The Beginnings of 'Aesthetics' and the Leibnizian Conception of Sensation." In P. Mattick (Ed.), Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics and the Reconstruction of Art (pp.52-95). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1993.

"Passion as 'Confused' Perception or Thought in Descartes, Malebranche and Hutcheson." Journal of the History of Ideas, 53, 397-424, September 1992.

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