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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS3430 The Ancient Greek Novel

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Owen Hodkinson
Email: o.d.hodkinson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS3431The Ancient Greek Novel: Linguistic Pathway

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

It encourages detailed study of three examples of the Greek novel (Chariton's Callirhoe, Longus' Daphnis and Chloe, and Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Cleitophon). The module aims to promote understanding of the nature of the Greek novel as a literary genre and the origins of the novel in Western literature, and of the narrative technique of three of its authors; to locate the Greek novel in its Imperial cultural context; and to acquaint students with a variety of contemporary approaches to the Greek novel. The module is worth 20 credits and runs in semester 2, with two lectures per week and a total of 5 seminars which will focus on close reading and interpretation of key passages.

Objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should have acquired an understanding and appreciation of the Greek novel through detailed study of selected novels. In particular, they should be able to provide an informed analysis of the nature of the Greek novel as a literary genre, and of the narrative technique of three novels and the development of the genre over time; they should be able to relate the Greek novel to its cultural context in the Roman Empire; they should be familiar with a variety of contemporary approaches to the study of the Greek novel.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students completing this module will have gained:
- a detailed knowledge of the three prescribed novels;
- an understanding of the nature of the Greek novel as a literary genre, and of the narrative technique and of three of its authors;
- an understanding of the Greek novel's relation to its cultural context in the Roman Empire;
- familiarity with a variety of contemporary approaches to the study of the Greek novel.


Syllabus

The module offers the student the opportunity to study three novels: Chariton's Callirhoe, Longus' Daphnis and Chloe, and Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Cleitophon. The introductory lectures will discuss the invention of prose fiction in Greece and the so-called ‘Second Sophistic' movement of Imperial Greek literature; highlight important themes and issues in the three novels, in particular their common love-story theme, and contextualise this against the background of earlier Greek erotic literature; and discuss some of the problems of interpretation posed by texts composed in a culture different from our own by authors about whom we have very little reliable independent evidence. In the subsequent lectures the novels themselves will be studied with a view to: generic innovation, models, and development from Chariton to Longus and Achilles; narrative technique and structure; representations and constructions of gender, sexuality, and love.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture181.0018.00
Seminar51.005.00
Private study hours177.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading primary texts: 50
Lecture preparation: 18x1
Seminar preparation: 5x4
Coursework preparation: 45
Exam preparation: 44

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored:

- at an informal level, through lectures, seminar contributions and detailed module questionnaire;
- at a formal level, through the summatively-assessed assignment

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 words (maximum)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Exam with advance information on questions2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/04/2016

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