ENGL 2069 - Old Texts Made New: Literary Imitation & Allusion

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Through the lens of early modern attitudes to translation - the 'carrying over' of elements of extant texts - this course investigates the ways in which authors make 'old' texts active in 'new' texts. David Malouf's Ransom, Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad, Christopher Marlowe's Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus will be studied in conjunction with 1) extracts from the classical texts on which these writers draw: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, and Ovid's Metamorphoses 2) selected theoretical writings about imitatio and related terms, 3) key terms in the practice of literary imitation and allusion (e.g. characterisation, genre, intertext), and 4) elements of contemporary literary theory (e.g. postcolonialism, feminism, intertextuality). The course is particularly well suited to students who have studied Shakespeare, and to those wishing to study the Advanced level course Adaptation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2069
    Course Old Texts Made New: Literary Imitation & Allusion
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study
    Assumed Knowledge High level of English literacy competency
    Course Description Through the lens of early modern attitudes to translation - the 'carrying over' of elements of extant texts - this course investigates the ways in which authors make 'old' texts active in 'new' texts. David Malouf's Ransom, Margaret Atwood's Penelopiad, Christopher Marlowe's Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus will be studied in conjunction with 1) extracts from the classical texts on which these writers draw: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, and Ovid's Metamorphoses 2) selected theoretical writings about imitatio and related terms, 3) key terms in the practice of literary imitation and allusion (e.g. characterisation, genre, intertext), and 4) elements of contemporary literary theory (e.g. postcolonialism, feminism, intertextuality). The course is particularly well suited to students who have studied Shakespeare, and to those wishing to study the Advanced level course Adaptation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lucy Potter

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Read and understand extracts from classical texts and subsequent literary engagements with them
    2 Recognise and explain key terms in the practice of literary imitation, including aspects of contemporary literary theory
    3 Investigate the interdisciplinarity of literary imitation
    4 Analyse cultural difference and historical change in the comparison of literary texts
    5 Present sustained and persuasive written arguments based on research that demonstrate an understanding of the problematic nature of texts, such as the construction of literary canons and the notion of authorship
    6 Contribute to group-based activities and work as a member of a team in the preparation and delivery of a seminar presentation
    7 Generate questions and activities to enable the understanding and interrogation of literary texts and the relationship between them
    8 Use technologies relevant to the preparation and completion of assessment tasks
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 5, 6
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5, 6, 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Primary texts:
    Atwood, Margaret. The Penelopiad. Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2005.
    Malouf, David. Ransom. North Sydney: Knopf, 2009.
    Marlowe, Christopher. The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage. In The Complete Plays of Christopher Marlowe. Ed. Frank Romany and Robert Lindsey. Penguin Classics, 2004.
    Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus. Ed. Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. RSC edition. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2011.

    Course reader containing relevant extracts from classical texts.
    Recommended Resources
    A library guide to recommended resources is in development.
    Online Learning
    To be announced
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Teaching and learning modes may include lectures, seminars and online activities.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course
    Learning Activities Summary
    Provisional: Learning activities may include lectures, face-to-face seminars, online activities, instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Provisional. The small group discovery experience may be developed through student-led seminar discussions, which may include both face-to-face and online settings. The course may include collaborative assessment tasks.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Provisional. Assessment may include blended learning assignments, structured independent and/or collaborative activities, essay(s), leading a face-to-face or online seminar discussion, exam.
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students must attempt all assessment requirements / all assessment items in order to pass the course.

    Other assessment related requirements will be able to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and procedures, and the relevant Course Guide.

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment details are to be announced.

    Submission

    Assesment submission is to be undertaken in the form prescribed in any instructions issued for individual assessment items.

    Policies on deadlines and lateness are to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures.

    Provisionally and for example, submission formats may include: in class presentations and/or discussions; online submission of written or other work; hard copy submission of written work to a prescribed place; completing a quiz, or sitting an exam. This is not an exhaustive list.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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