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
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 and cultural backgrounds which will be dealt with throughout the entire study programme of English Language and Culture.
The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.
Mode of instruction
Independent reading/study of primary and secondary literature
The course load of this course is 140 hours.
hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 13
time for studying the compulsory literature: 80
time to prepare for the exam: 45
There will be a written test at the end of the course, consisting of:
15 short open questions (30% of final mark)
45 closed questions (multiple choice) (50% of final mark)
2 longer (essay) questions (20% of final mark)
Blackboard will be used in this course to offer sample questions, and to make available the material used during the general lectures
Ovid. Metamorphoses (Penguin)
Rivers, Isabel. 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 (print on demand)
First year students will be assigned to a tutor group. All other students (including exchange students) must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: email@example.com.
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.