Modiwl QXE-3105:
Reading Myth

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Prof Andrew Hiscock

Amcanion cyffredinol

  1. This module is designed to respond to the popularity of cross-chronological, cross-generic modules (such as Literatures of Troy), and to complement the existing opportunities in the School of English to explore comparative literary studies and to build upon knowledge bases gained at level 2.
  2. This module will offer students a wider understanding of the composition, production and consumption of texts in very different social contexts.
  3. This module will pay particular attention to the development of critical concepts of genre and will allow the student to reflect upon the undertakings of epic poetry, tragedy, the novel, narrative poetry and science fiction.
  4. This module is designed to enable students to develop a critical vocabulary and informed literary opinion about canonical and non-canonical texts.

Cynnwys cwrs

This module will take as its focus the textual response to inherited mythic structures: how myth may be perceived in theoretical terms as a proairetic discourse; how it establishes affinities with certain genres (e.g. epic, tragedy, romance); and how in more contemporary cultural debates it has been problematised by expectations of falsehood. The seminar programme will range from Ancient Greek representations of myth (e.g. Medea) to medieval accounts of Scripture in dramatic narrative (e.g. Abraham and Isaac) and to varying accounts of saints’ lives. In the early modern period attention may be devoted to the changing importance of ancient mythologies in literary narrative. In the more contemporary periods, options will change from year to year, but may include explorations of such pervasive constructs as the Founding of Empire (Kipling, Lessing), The American Dream (Capote, Fitzgerald, Highsmith) and The War on Terror (Buchan, Fleming, and Porter’s Empire State).

2018-19 Seminars 1. Epic: Homer Odyssey 2. Homerism: poetry (Tennyson/Walcott) & Atwood Penelopiad 3. Platonism & Neo-Platonism: Platonic writings; Milton’s Comus and Marvell’s poetry 4. Medea: Euripides Medea, Seneca Medea, Ovid Heroides (letter xii) 5. Classical Drama: Euripides – The Bacchae and Ion 6. Biblical: medieval drama – Noah & Abraham and Isaac 7. Shakespearean: Venus & Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece 8. Orientalism I: Dryden Aureng-Zebe; Johnson Rasselas 9. The Saint: medieval & early modern Thomas à Becket; Eliot Murder in the Cathedral 10. The American Dream: Capote Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Highsmith The Price of Salt 11. Orientalism II: Ambler Journey Into Fear; Fleming From Russia with Love. 12. Reading Week

Bibliography Primary Ambler Journey into Fear (London: Penguin, 2009). Atwood The Penelopiad (London: Canongate, 2008). Capote Breakfast at Tiffany’s (any edition) Dryden Aureng-Zebe (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press – Regents Restoration Drama Series, 1971) Eliot Murder in the Cathedral (any edition) Euripides The Bacchae, Ion and Medea (any editions of these plays) Fleming From Russia With Love (any edition) Highsmith The Price of Salt (any edition) Homer The Odyssey, trans. E. V. Rieu (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2003). Johnson Rasselas (any edition) Milton Comus (or A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle 1634) (any edition) Shakespeare Venus & Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece (any editions)

Meini Prawf


Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: • Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas • Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner • Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers • Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic • Little evidence of background reading • Some uncertainty over language and syntax • Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative • In creative work: superficial • Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium


Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas adeptly • Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired • Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant • Shows analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of relevant reading • Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. • A few minor errors here and there. • Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium • Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps


Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas with confidence and precision • Demonstrates maturity and sophistication • Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant • Shows independent, analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading • Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language • Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought • In creative work: displays considerable originality • Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. enhanced understanding of the diversity of literature produced from antiquity to the twenty-first century.

  2. enhanced appreciation of the diversity of material cultures in evidence across the course of Western literature.

  3. enhanced research skills with reference to textual analysis.

  4. enhanced skills to exploit library collection, most particularly with reference to the classical collection and pre-modern collections in Modern languages.

  5. enhanced experience of textual interpretative strategies

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
ARHOLIAD Essay 2 45
CYFLWYNIAD UNIGOL Presentation and discussion leader 10
TRAETHAWD Essay 1 45

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

  1. One two-hour seminar per week for 11 weeks
  2. One one-hour study group per week for 11 weeks
Study group 11
Private study 167

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
  • Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
  • Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath

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