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5AACTL26 Female Voices in Greek and Latin Literature

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr Dan Jolowicz
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminars (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 2-hour examination (100%)

Assessment for Study Abroad students (if module runs in semester 1). 
  • 2019/20 onwards: 1 x 2,500 word essay (100%)
  • Pre 2019/20: 1 x 4000 word essay (100%); OR 2 x 2000 word essays (50% each)

For availability, please check the Study Abroad catalogue for relevant year

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students
  • 2019/20 onwards: 1 x 2,500 word essay (100%)
  • Pre-2019/20: 2 x 2,000-word essays (100%, essays worth 50% each)

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

From Homer to late antique authors, Greek and Latin literary texts were composed primarily by men, addressed largely to male audiences and concerned with the nature and prerogatives of masculinity. “Woman” intrudes into this textual corpus as an “other” voice and a different, often unsettling and provocative, subject position. This module will not be concerned with the historical circumstances of women's real lives in the ancient world. It will focus instead on the ways in which male authors have appropriated female “speech” in their own literary constructions. It will take a methodologically sophisticated look at famous female literary figures (from victims of male callousness to masculinised fiends) and will explore some of the instances where the “female” is granted a voice in our male literary corpus: lamentation, double-speak and treachery, the language of the passions, the sound of silence.

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these books is not mandatory.

A. Lardinois and L. McClure, Making Silence Speak: Women's Voices in Greek Literature and Society (Princeton 2001)

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