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On completion of this module, students should be able to:
• synthesize information about the social and theatrical context of Aristophanes’ plays;
• demonstrate critical understanding of Aristophanes’ plays as works of literature;
• contribute constructively to group discussion;
• answer questions on specific points in the prescribed plays;
• construct relevant and analytical essays.
Indicative Lecture List
1. The Festival of Dionysus in Athens
2. Introduction to Greek Comedy
9. Women at the Thesmophoria
There will be five tutorials in small groups, in alternate weeks starting in either Week 2 or Week 3.
The prescribed text of the eleven plays is the translation by Alan Sommerstein and David Barrett (Penguin Classics, three volumes).
Indicative secondary reading
Bowie, A.M., Aristophanes: Myth, Ritual and Comedy (Cambridge, 1993).
Davidson, J.N., ‘Dover, Foucault and Greek homosexuality: penetration and the truth of sex’, Past and Present 170 (2001), 3–51
MacDowell, D.M., Aristophanes and Athens: An Introduction to the Plays (Oxford, 1995)
Revermann, M., Comic Business: Theatricality, Dramatic Technique, and Performance Contexts of Aristophanic Comedy (Oxford, 2006)
Robson, J., Aristophanes: An Introduction (London, 2009)
Silk, M.S., Aristophanes and the Definition of Comedy (Oxford, 2000)
Taaffe, L.K., Aristophanes and Women (London, 1993)
Wright, M., The Comedian as Critic: Greek Old Comedy and Poetics (London, 2012)
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: 1,000-word commentary||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 2,000-word essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Students receive summative feedback on their assignments via Brightspace.
|Mr Olaf Almqvist||Tutor|