Text and Context: Roman Love Elegy (CLA1406)
|Staff||Professor Sharon Marshall - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
- You will learn how to analyse, evaluate, and use texts and how to relate their style and content to the wider socio-historical context in which they were written.
- You will explore love elegy’s sophisticated poetic play, and its concern with politics and patronage.
- The module will also introduce you to modern literary theory and its application to classical texts.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Describe and identify the main features of Roman love elegy and the intertextual relationships between the love elegists
- 2. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of critical approaches possible in the study of love elegy and current trends in criticism
- 3. Analyse love elegy in relation to its socio-historical context
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Relate texts to their socio-historical context and demonstrate appreciation of the issues involved in using ancient texts as historical source material
- 5. Demonstrate advanced academic and library skills specific to Classics and Ancient History, as well as a critical ability in evaluating published literature
- 6. Reflect deeply on literary-critical skills in a widely applicable sense
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Demonstrate independent and group study skills in research and the presentation of findings
- 8. Select and organise relevant material and present this in a strong and coherent argument
Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:
- 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||5||5 x 1 hour seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||123||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Participation in debates in seminars||Ongoing||1-8||Oral feedback|
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||60||2000 words||1-8||Mark and written comments|
|Gobbet test||40||1 hour||1-8||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|
|Gobbet test||Gobbet test||1-8||Referral/Deferral period|
Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.
Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.
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.
- 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.
- Sharrock, A. (1991) ‘Womanufacture’, The Journal of Roman Studies 81: 36-49.
- Thorsen. T. ed. (2013) The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Wkye, M. (2002) The Roman Mistress: Ancient and Modern Representations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Love Elegy, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid