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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Classical Literature in Translation

Undergraduate Course: Classical Receptions (CLTR10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a reasoned understanding of the theory and practice of Reception Studies;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon key scholarship in the field;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a range of ancient and modern sources;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a critical awareness of the aesthetic, intellectual or political importance of instances of Classical Reception.
Reading List
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: 87103

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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements 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.
KeywordsClassical Receptions
Course organiserDr Lilah Canevaro
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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