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6AACTL15 Ovid through the Ages

Credit  value: 30
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20:
 Professor William Fitzgerald
Teaching pattern: 20 x 2-hour class (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 3-hour exam (100%)

Assessment pattern for Graduate Diploma students

2019/20 onwards: 2 x 3,000-word essays (higher marked essay is weighted at 60%, while the lower is weighted at 40%)

Pre 2019/20: 3 x 3,000-word essay (100%, essays worth 1/3 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.

The first half of this module will be devoted to a study of selections from all of the works of Ovid, with a special focus on the Metamorphoses. We will consider the interpretation of the works themselves as well as the recurring themes of Ovid’s poetry and the nature of Ovid’s sensibility.

The second half will follow the reception of Ovid from antiquity to the twenty first century. We will consider not only literature but also art (with a visit to the National Gallery) and opera.

Suggested introductory reading

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

Besides the primary texts, of which the most important is the Metamorphoses, the following might be helpful:

  • G. Liveley, Ovid: Love Songs
  • Rebecca Armstrong, Ovid and his Love Poetry.
  • G. K. Galinsky, Ovid’s Metamorphoses: an Introduction to the Basic Aspects
  • E. Fantham, Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • J Solodow, The World of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Sarah Ann Brown, Ovid: Myth and Metamorphosis..
  • P. Hardie, Ovid’s Poetics of Illusion.
  • E. Kenney, “Ovid” in Cambridge History of Classical Literature
  • Oxford Readings in Ovid, ed.P.Knox (a selection of classics essays).
  • Katerina Volk, Ovid.
  • P. Knox, ed. A Companion to Ovid (Blackwell).
  • Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare and Ovid
  • C. Martindale, ed. Ovid Renewed.
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