In what is generally the first unit of this course, students read a translation and a contemporary reworking of the central books of the Iliad so as to get a sense of what details get remembered in oral and print cultures, and the mechanisms by which that memory exists.
Homer. The Illiad. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2000. [Download from The Internet Classics Archive]
Kirk, G. S. The Iliad: A Commentary: Volume II: Books 5-8. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 15-17. ISBN: 9780521281720. (Typical motifs: A two page summary of motifs in book 5 of the Iliad, broken down line by line. This table shows the repetition of motifs and helps indicate genre norms.)
Seeking the Meme: The memetics of language processing 2009. (PDF)