Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy (CLA1406)
|Staff||Dr Sharon Marshall - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
Students will learn how to analyse, evaluate and use texts and how to relate their style and content to the wider context of Love Elegy’s sophisticated poetic play, and its concern with politics and patronage. The module will also provide an introduction to modern literary theory and its application to classical texts.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Through an analysis of key texts, on completion of this module students will be able to describe and evaluate Latin Love Elegy.
- 2. They will also have assimilated an understanding of a variety of critical approaches possible in the study of classical literature and current trends in criticism.
- 3. They will be able to examine Latin Love elegy through close reading.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Students will be able to use, analyse and evaluate ancient texts and how they relate to other sources and their socio-historical context.
- 5. They should also develop advanced academic and library skills as well as a critical ability in assessing published literature.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Students will demonstrate independent and group study skills in research and presentation of findings.
- 7. They will also be able to select and organise relevant material and to present a strong argument in coherent oral and written form, and to discuss issues in a peer group.
Tropes and the elegiac mistress
Gallus and proto-elegy
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||22||11 x 2 hour lectures|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||5||5 x 1 hour seminars|
|Guided independent study||123||Private study|
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||1-7||Mark and written comments|
|Exam||60||2 hours||1-7||Mark and written comments|
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||1-7||August defer/defer period|
|Exam||Exam||1-7||August refer/defer period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Catullus, The Complete Poems (Oxford World’s Classics) trans. Guy Lee.
Ovid, The Erotic Poems (Penguin Classics), trans. Peter Green.
Propertius, The Poems (Oxford World’s Classics) trans. Guy Lee.
Selections from Gallus, Tibullus and Sulpicia will be provided.
Ancona, R. and E. Greene, eds. (2005) Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Hallett, J. P. (1984) ‘The Role of Women in Roman Elegy: Counter-Cultural Feminism’ in J.Peradotto and J. P Sullivan, eds. Women in the Ancient World: The Arethusa Papers.Albany: State of New York University Press. 241-264.
James, S. L. (2003) Learned Girls and Male Persuasion: Gender and Reading in Roman Love Elegy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Kennedy, D. F. (1993) The Arts of Love: Five Studies in the Discourse of Roman Love Elegy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Liveley, G. and Salzman-Mitchell, P., eds. (2008) Latin Elegy and Narratology: Fragments of Story. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press.
Lyne, R. O. A. M. (1988) The Latin Love Poets from Catullus to Horace. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sharrock, A. (1991) ‘Womanufacture’, The Journal of Roman Studies 81: 36-49.
Wkye, M. (2002) The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Love Elegy, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid