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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: Ancient Literature from a Comparative Perspective (online) (PGHC11532)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to the field of comparative literature, its main tenets and proponents, and its relevance to Classics. It approaches Classical Literature through its comparanda, decentring the Classical canon and introducing a range of world literatures.
Course description This course provides a grounding in the varied methodologies and approaches of Comparative Literature, engaging with the history of the field and the latest research. It focuses on a particular ancient corpus and sets it in its broader context in terms of genre and tradition. It takes the comparanda in their own right, exploring historical, cultural and literary aspects and prioritising no one literature over another. The coursework gives students the freedom to choose their own independent comparative study. Classes will introduce methodology, scholarship and case studies, on which students will build independently in their chosen comparison.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Ancient Literature from a Comparative Perspective (CLTR10019)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics, History or Archaeology at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an awareness of the main tenets and proponents of the field of comparative literature.
  2. evaluate and apply methods of comparative literature.
  3. demonstrate a familiarity with a range of literature in translation from a number of traditions.
  4. engage critically with Classical Literature and relevant comparative material.
  5. design and conduct an individual comparative study.
Reading List
Dalley, S. (2008) Myths from Mesopotamia, Oxford: Oxford World's Classics
Hoffner, H.A. (19982) Hittite Myths, Atlanta
Larrington, C. (1996) The Poetic Edda, Oxford: Oxford World's Classics
West, M.L. (2008) Hesiod Theogony and Works and Days, Oxford: Oxford World's Classics

Secondary Reading
Clay, J.S. (2003) Hesiod's Cosmos, Cambridge
Foley, J.M. (ed.) (2005) A Companion to Ancient Epic, Oxford
Haubold, J. (2013) Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature, Cambridge
Lopez-Ruiz, C. (2010) When the Gods Were Born: Greek Cosmogonies and the Near East, Cambridge MA
Koljevic, S. (1980) The Epic in the Making, Oxford
Larrington, C. (1993) A Store of Common Sense: Gnomic Theme and Wisdom in Old Icelandic and Old English Wisdom Poetry, Oxford
Popovic, T. (1988) Prince Marko: the Hero of South Slavic Epics, New York
West, M.L. (1997) The East Face of Helicon, Oxford
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Critical skills in reading and debate through engagement with alternative approaches and ideas.
- Skills in reading inclusively and democratically.
- Skills in questioning established norms.
- Independent thinking and planning through self-directed coursework.
- Familiarity with a broad range of literatures and their cultural contexts.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Lilah Canevaro
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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