After Homer: Poetry, Fiction, Film (EAS3183)

30 credits

The two epic poems attributed to Homer – the Iliad and Odyssey– are fundamental to the Western imagination. For centuries they have been at the centre of the literary canon, and have frequently been rewritten or reimagined by authors reflecting on various contemporary issues, including politics, empire, warfare, sexuality, and gender. This module will look at the many ways in which poets, novelists, and film-makers have responded to these poems. The texts studied will be drawn from roughly 1700 to the present day, though the emphasis will be on the literature and film of the past 50 years. No prior knowledge of classical literature is required.