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Literature 1B: The Classical and Christian Legacies in Literatures in English



This course is a general introduction to classical mythology and philosophy, to the Bible and (the history of) Christianity, and the various ways in which these have influenced or have been used by English-language writers in literary history from the Early Modern period up to the present day. Students are required to study a course book, and read selections from Ovid, Homer, Virgil and the Bible, as well as later literary texts used to exemplify the Nachleben of the classical and Christian legacies in literatures in English.

Teaching method

One hour lecture per week.

Course objectives

The aim of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of key elements of the classical and Judaeo-Christian traditions, so that they are able to understand and analyze more fully literary texts from the Early Modern period to the present day.

Required reading

  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (Penguin).

  • Isabel Rivers, Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry (Allen & Unwin).

  • The Authorized Version of the Bible (The “King James” version of 1611; Oxford World’s Classics).

  • Reader available at the ‘Studiepunt’ in the Lipsius Building.

Test method

Written test.

Time table

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English Department, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102c. Phone: 071 527 2144, or by mail:


Students can register through U-twist before 15 July. After 15 July students can only register through the Departmental Office.


This course is not supported by Blackboard.