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Ovid and Chaucer

Enrolment code: HEA227/327

Offered: not offered in 2003

Special note: unit taught jointly by Classics and English; may be taken as a Women’s Study unit

Unit description:

Examines the relations between two major authors of the western canon, classical Ovid and medieval Chaucer. In the case of Ovid, we will examine Heroides, a collection of letters by mythological women to their lovers, and Metamorphoses, a quasi-epic poem centrally concerned with sexual passion. In the case of Chaucer we will examine the Legend of Good Women, Chaucer’s legendary rollcall of virtuous women and immoral men, The Book of the Duchess, Chaucer’s elegy on the death of his patron’s beautiful wife and The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s account of a group excursion to Canterbury and the stories told along the way. We will pay particular attention to specific relations between Ovid, Chaucer and their antecedents, intertextuality and the trope of translatio studii, literary and historical contexts, questions of genre and the representation of sexual politics and desire.

Staff Dr J Mead, Assoc Prof P Davis For information on staff, turn to relevant Faculty website University phone and email search phone    email
Unit weight 12.5% To see normal University Admission requirements
Teaching pattern 2-hr seminar and 3-hr seminar in alternate weeks (13 wks) Timetable
Prerequisites 25% at level 100 in English  
Mutual exclusions HTC225/325, HAF225/325  
Assessment mode 3,000-word essay (50%), take-home exam (50%) Examinations timetable (Users will need to know their login name (POP account) and password)
Required texts etc Ovid, Heroides, tr Isbell, ISBN 0140423559
Ovid, Metamorphoses, tr Humphries, ISBN 0253200016
Robinson FN & Benson LD (eds), The Riverside Chaucer, ISBN 0192821091
Davis N, Gray D, Ingham P & Wallace-Hadrill A, A Chaucer Glossary, ISBN 0198111711
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Majors: [Discipline and school information] English
Ancient Civilisations
Women's Studies
Courses Bachelor of Arts (See also combined degrees)  
Faculty website Faculty of Arts  
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