Description: Lecture, three hours. Preparation: familiarity with Egyptian history. Enforced requisites: courses M103A, M103B. Survey of 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian literature. Reading of Egyptian texts in translation to study Egypt's intellectual history and trace transformations in its construction of cultural identity. Topics include invention of writing, autobiography, wisdom texts, narratives, royal inscriptions, and hymns. Discussion of text analysis such as narratology. May be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.