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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CLAS2790 Greek Tragedy
20 creditsClass Size: 14
Module manager: Professor Malcolm Heath
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2018/19
This module is mutually exclusive with
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module focuses four Greek tragedies: Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes, and Euripides’ Medea and Heracles. The plays will be read in English translation. In the course of the module we will consider: - themes and issues shared by the four plays - making sense of texts composed in a culture different from our own- issues of staging, performance, structure and dramatic technique- how the dramatists innovated in their use of traditional stories
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to ...This module aims to introduce students to the genre of Greek tragedy through a detailed study of four representative plays, encompassing close reading and focus on techniques and major themes, as well as the relationship between the set plays and their literary, social, and cultural contexts.
On completion of this module, students should have gained:
- an understanding of four representative Greek tragedies, and of a Greek tragedy as a dramatic and literary genre;
- an understanding of the relationship between the four plays and historical, social and cultural contexts;
- an understanding of issues and problems involved in the interpretation of Greek tragedy.
They will be able to demonstrate a range of subject-specific skills, including an ability to interpret primary texts in relation to their historical and cultural context, and familiarity with modern scholarly approaches to the interpretation of Greek tragedy.
They will also be able to demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including the exercise of independent critical judgement, written communication, participation in oral discussion, and the organisation of personal study.
This module will study four tragedies by Sophocles (Ajax, Philoctetes) and Euripides (Medea, Heracles) in English translation. The introductory lectures will highlight important themes and issues in the four plays; outline their transmission and reception; and discuss some of the problems of interpretation posed by texts composed in a culture different from our own. In the subsequent lectures and seminars the plays themselves will be studied with a view to: performance and staging; dramatic technique and structure; innovations in the stories dramatised; religious and ethical issues.
The recommended translations are: Sophocles: Electra and Other Plays, tr. D. Raeburn (Penguin 2008); Euripides: Heracles and Other Plays, tr. R. Waterfield (Oxford World’s Classics 2003); Euripides: Medea and Other Plays, tr. J. Morwood (Oxford World’s Classics 1998).
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||177.00|
|Total Contact hours||23.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyReading primary texts: 4 x 20 hours
Lecture preparation: 18 x 1 hours
Seminar preparation: 5 x 3 hours
Essay: 45 hours
Exam preparation: 42 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored through attendance and participation in lectures, seminar contributions and through a detailed module questionnaire.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||40.00|
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Exam with advance information on questions||2 hr 00 mins||60.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||60.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 28/06/2018
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