English Department Held Reading and Sharing Meeting of the Homeric epic Odyssey
On May 10, 2018, the English Department held a reading and sharing meeting of the Homeric epic Odyssey in the language lab on the fifth floor of the Comprehensive Building. Dr. Zhang Ruihong and some members from her research team ---The Chinese and Western Comparative Literature and Culture were invited to attend our reading and sharing meeting. They are: Jin Xiangru, Li Yanling, Zhou Sisi, Xue Dongyan, Liu Hanying, Ji Zhenting and Yu Jin. They made an in-depth interpretation on the Homeric epic Odyssey combining with the questions from the students collected in advance.
At the beginning, Professor Zhang Ruihong answered the question which confused students most: why the Homeric epic Odyssey is the foundation of western literature? The answer involved knowledge of literature, history, sociology, etc., which greatly stimulated their interest in thinking. Then, Ms. Zhang interpreted the relationship between mankind and gods in ancient Greek. After that, Ms. Zhang interpreted the concept of the self-construction and its operating mechanism vividly by using the example of giving likes in WeChat. In this way, students were able to learn Odyssey’s journey home from the angle of psychology and get a better understanding of Odyssey’s ending. And then Ms. Zhang interpreted some part of Odyssey which mentions the transformation of the social nature in ancient Greece. Besides, Ms. Li Yanling led a discussion on the similarities and differences between Odyssey and The Journey to the West from the professional angle, and the atmosphere was very cheerful. Finally, students were asked to think over these questions: Odysseus’s journey home is his journey of constructing himself, we can say everyone is Odysseus. In the 21st century, did you ever recognize yourself? Did the mankind recognize themselves? These questions set everyone thinking and enabled them to seize the amazing charm of the Homeric epic Odyssey beyond time and space.
This reading and sharing meeting not only solved the students’ doubts and confusions about the Homeric epic Odyssey, but also aroused the students’ interest in reading. Meanwhile, learning some academic theories in advance can be helpful in broadening the students’ horizon and scope of knowledge. This meeting can be regarded as a thoughts feast that has played a great role in guiding students' reading. In the next few weeks, the English Department will continue to hold reading and sharing meeting about the Homeric epic Odyssey.
(作者: 张梦迪, 英语专业1702班 指导教师: 王子贤)