Ovid & the Erotic Passions (CLA3056)

StaffProfessor Rebecca Langlands - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesNone
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

A close and detailed study of the three poems (in translation) Art of Love, Cures for Love and On Make Up, will combine literary critical approaches to the poetry with an investigation of the poems as evidence for ancient Roman attitudes towards sex, desire, love, lust and the erotic passions. This module will explore the poems’ cynical and instrumental attitude to erotic relationships, which seems in many ways at odds with the modern Western tradition of romantic love, and investigate whether, on closer examination, many of their central themes – such as manipulation, objectification and self-objectification, the pleasures, pains, frustrations and gratifications of erotic passions – may resonate strongly today.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. 1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of Ovid’s didactic poetry, and evaluate and discuss its significance
  • 2. 2. Identify and explain the various theoretical approaches to ancient Latin poetry, and demonstrate awareness of the subject’s central themes and issues.
  • 3. 3. Demonstrate awareness of the extent to which interpretations of Ovid’s poetry are shaped by changing modern concerns.
  • 4. 4. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the history and variety of scholarship on Ovid’s poetry and an understanding of how this scholarship can inform your own interpretation of the texts.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. 5. Identify, appreciate and engage effectively with different theoretical approaches to ancient texts.
  • 6. 6. Demonstrate sophisticated critical and analytical skills which can be applied to the analysis of texts from any culture
  • 7. 7. Demonstrate appreciation of the issues involved in using ancient texts as historical source material and relate texts to their socio-historical context

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. 8. Through research for seminars and written assignments demonstrate advanced independent and group study skills in research, critical analysis, and presentation of findings.
  • 9. 9. Through writing essays, delivering informal presentations and preparing for seminars, demonstrate advanced ability to select and organise relevant material to produce an argument.
  • 10. 10. Through written assignments, informal seminar presentations and discussion, demonstrate advanced ability to present a strong, coherent argument in both oral and written forms.
  • 11. 11. Through submission of final essay and research journal demonstrate enhanced ability to reflect on your own work, to respond constructively to feedback, and to implement suggestions and improve work on the basis of feedback

Syllabus plan

Through close reading of the set texts supported by relevant scholarship and comparative material, we will discuss themes such as: the representation in the poems of erotic passion and sexual behaviour, of the relationship between men and women and of the differences between the sexes; the poetry’s relationship to the political and social context of the Augustan age; the position of the poems within the literary tradition, e.g. their relation to the genres of love elegy and didactic; a comparison of the poems with other ancient material such as erotic painting from Pompeii, and with modern trends such as Pick Up Artists.  The module will include scope for students to focus on specific themes and case studies depending on their particular interests.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 22Seminars (1 x 2 hour per week)
Guided independent study128

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Close study of key primary and texts and scholarship in class, with broader discussions of issues1-11Verbal feedback from peers and lecturer.
Written assignment1,000 words1-11Written peer & lecturer feedback
Essay Plan1,000 words1-11Tutorial feedback with lecturer
First draft of essay3,000 words1-11Peer Feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written assignment251,000 words1-11Mark & written feedback from lecturer
Essay753,000 words1-11Mark & written feedback from lecturer

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written assignment 1,000 wordsWritten assignment 1,000 words1-11Ref/Def period
EssayEssay1-11Ref/Def period

Re-assessment notes

n/a

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Ovid The Erotic Poems translated by Peter Green (Penguin)

Roy Gibson, Steven Green and Alison Sharrock (eds) The Art of Love: bimillenial essays on Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris 2006

Roy Gibson, Ars Amatoria III 2003. 

Roy Gibson “The Ars Amatoria” in Peter Knox (ed.) A Companion to Ovid: 90-103

Alison Sharrock, Seduction and Repetition in Ovid Ars Amatoria 2 (1994)

Giulia Sissa, (2008) Sex and Sensuality in the Ancient World (pages 133-149)

 

Maurizio Bettini (1989) The Portrait of the Lover (pages 81-93)

Molly Myerowitz (1985) Ovid’s Games of Love.

Marguerite Johnson  (2016) Ovid on Cosmetics: Medicamina Faciei Femineae and Related Texts

Rebecca Armstrong (2015) Ovid and his Love Poetry.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/02/2017

Last revision date

22/03/2017

Key words search

Ovid, Ancient Rome, Love, Passion