Undergraduate Course: Classical Receptions (CLTR10017)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The literature of the classical world has occupied a singularly privileged place in the works of later writers and artists from the Hellenistic period to the present day. This course examines the various ways in which post-classical and contemporary writers and/or artists have read, appropriated, translated, re-imagined, and re-contextualised Classical Literature. We will look at how and for what reasons some of the major classical texts (including epic, lyric and drama) have been differently understood and differently employed by later writers and/or artists and how the later readings open up new ways to re-read the classical texts.
A typical teaching schedule may include the following classes:
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: The Theory of Reception Studies
Week 3: Ancient Reception: Hellenistic and Roman reception of archaic and classical texts
Week 4: Medieval and Renaissance Reception
Week 5: Early Modern Reception
Week 6: Victorian Reception
Week 7: 20th Century Reception
Week 8: 21st Century Reception
Week 9: Translation as Reception
Week 10: Classics in Film
Week 11: Summary
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students must have passed 2 of the following 2nd year courses: Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014 or ANHI08007), Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013), Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008)
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework - 50%;
one (2-hour) Degree Examination - 50%.
Part-Year Visiting Student (VV1) Variant Assessment:
Coursework - 50%;
a Subject-Area administered Exam/Exercise in lieu of the Degree Examination (see the current course handbook for further details) - 50%.
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a reasoned understanding of the theory and practice of Reception Studies;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon key scholarship in the field;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a range of ancient and modern sources;
- demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a critical awareness of the aesthetic, intellectual or political importance of instances of Classical Reception.
|Atwood, M. (2005) The Penelopiad|
Goldhill, S. (2011) Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity
Greenwood, E. (2009) 'Review Essay: Re-rooting the classical tradition: new directions in black classicism', Classical Receptions Journal 1.1: 87¿103
Hardwick, L. & Stray, C. (eds) (2008) A Companion to Classical Receptions
Leonard, M. (2009) 'Reception' in B. Graziosi, P. Vasunia and G. Boys-Stones (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies
Martindale, C.A. & Thomas, R.F. (eds) (2006) Classics and the Uses of Reception
Miller, M. (2018) Circe
Richardson, E. (2013) Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity
Richardson, E. (ed.) (2018) Classics in Extremis
Rogers, B.M., Stevens, B.E. (eds) (2015) Classical Traditions in Science Fiction
Shay, J. (1994) Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character
Vandiver, E. (2010) Stand in the Trench, Achilles: Classical Receptions in British Poetry of the Great War
Walde, C. (ed.) (2012) The Reception of Classical Literature
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
|Course organiser||Dr Lilah Canevaro
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783