Text and Context: Roman Laughter (CLA2405)
|Staff||Dr Sharon Marshall - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
Students will learn how to analyse and critically evaluate texts and how to relate their style and content to the wider context of Roman literary culture.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Be able to independently analyse texts which put Roman humour on display
- 2. Understand and engage critically with a variety of approaches possible in the study of classical literature and current trends in criticism
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Be able to use, analyse and evaluate ancient texts in relation to other sources and their socio-historical context
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 4. Develop advanced academic and library skills as well as a critical ability in assessing published literature
- 5. Demonstrate advanced independent and group study skills in guided research and presentation of findings
- 6. Demonstrate an ability to select critically and organise effectively relevant material and to present this in oral and written form
- 7. Be able to discuss and debate critical issues in a peer group
Introduction: Theories of laughter
Comedy and rhetoric: Cicero’s In Pisonem
Epigram: Catullus and Martial
Satire: Horace,Juvenal and Persius
Laughter in visual material
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||22||Lectures (11 x 2 hours)|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||4||Seminars (4 x 1 hour)|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Oral presentation||5-10 minutes||1-8||Written and verbal feedback|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||40||2000 words||1-6, 8||Mark, written and oral feedback|
|Exam||60||2 hours||1-6||Mark, written and oral feedback|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay||1-6, 8||August ref/def period|
|Exam||Exam||1-6||August ref/def period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Catullus (a selection)
Phaedrus (Book 5)
Cicero , In Pisonem
Fitzgerald, W. Martial: The World of the Epigram. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Freudenburg, K. ed. (2005) The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Henderson, J. (2001) Telling tales on Caesar: Roman Stories from Phaedrus. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jäkel, S. and A. Timonen. eds. (1997) Laughter down the Centuries. Turku: Turun Yliopisto.
Sullivan, J. P. (1991) Martial: The Unexpected Classic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Key words search
Classics, Latin, Humour