|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
The aims of this module are:
1.To introduce students to the literary culture of Ancient Rome through study of a single Roman author (currently the Roman poet Catullus)
2.To introduce students to key aspects of Roman Society in the Late Republican era as reflected in contemporary literature.
3.To equip students to understand the connections between Roman literature and its social context.
4.To train students in essential skills of the literary analysis of Roman literature and to develop flexibility in the application of these skills to the reading of different types of Roman literature.
This module begins with a brief survey of Roman literature, of its periods, genres and authors, and relationship to Roman history, culture and society. The core of the module consists of the study of a selection of the poems of Catullus, the Roman poet who seems to speak most directly to modern readers and who for that reason provides a useful introduction to the problems raised by classical literature, some of which are distinctively different from those raised by modern literatures. These problems include the use of literary genres, the exploitation of literary tradition, the interplay between tradition and individual creativity, the relationship between real life and the world created by the poet, and the significance of poetic structure. Some consideration will also be given to such aesthetic qualities of Latin poetry as can be appreciated by those without Latin: use of fixed metres, verbal density, imagery and exploitation of sound effects.
Assessment: one assessed essay at the end of Semester 1.
The text we use is G. Lee, ed., Catullus: the Complete Poems (OUP). No other translation is acceptable.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||34||1:00||34:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||74||1:00||74:00||45% of guided indpendent study|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||74||1:00||74:00||45% of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||2||1:00||2:00||Discussion/reading sessions|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||16||1:00||16:00||10% of guided independent study|
The lectures provide both the essential background information to the study of Roman literature in the Late Republican era and detailed practical demonstration of the interpretation of a large number of texts. The workshops (formally unassessed) give students the opportunity to apply such interpretative strategies for themselves.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||100||Essay of 3,500 words on a theme explored in the lectures/discussion.|
Essay tests ability to tackle larger literary questions and apply such larger insights to other texts.
ERASMUS students at Newcastle have the option of writing one 3,000 word essay to be handed in by 12.00 p.m. of the Friday of the first week of the assessment period. This will replace all assessment work required of domestic students. If they wish to take up this option, they need to discuss it with the module leader. It remains the case that, if an ERASMUS student wishes to do the same assessment as the domestic students, that option remains open to them. No variation of the deadlines will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.
Study Abroad students (i.e. non-EU exchange students) are required to complete the normal assessment under all circumstances.
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