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Literature 1B: The Classical and Christian Legacies

Course
2011-2012

Admission requirements

None.

Description

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

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.

Timetable

The timetable will be available by June 1st at: hum.leidenuniv.nl/engels/roosters

Mode of instruction

  • 1-hour lecture per week

  • Independent study of academic literature

Assessment method

Written test

Blackboard

This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • 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, order via Reader Online.

Registration

Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.