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


Admission requirements



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 and cultural backgrounds which will be dealt with throughout the entire study programme of English Language and Culture.


The timetable is available on the BA English website

Mode of instruction

  • Two-hour lecture per week

  • Independent reading/study of primary and secondary literature

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • lectures: 26

  • time for studying the compulsory literature: 70

  • time to prepare for the exam: 40

  • assessment: 2

  • Tutoring/opportunity to inspect exam: 2 hours.

Assessment method

Assessment method

1.Written midterm examination consisting of open questions, multiple choice questions, and an essay question (mandatory)
2.Written final examination consisting of of open questions, multiple choice questions, and an essay question (mandatory)


1.Midterm examination 50%
2.Final examination 50%


If the final grade is lower than 6.0, students may take the resit once. This new test will cover the entire material of the course and the mark will constitute for 100% of the final grade, thus replacing all previously earned marks. There is no resit for the midterm exam.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than two tutorials means that students will be excluded from the tutorials. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared, not participating and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
Blackboard will be used in this course to offer sample questions, and to make available the material used during the general lectures

Reading list

  • 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)

  • Texts in Blackboard


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies.

Students other than from the BA English Language and Culture studies need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte
Registration Contractonderwijs


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.