Stephen E. Hinds
Affirmation and inversion of gender roles in Greek and Roman literature, myths of male and female heroism; marginalization of female consciousness; interaction of gender, status, and sexual preference in love poetry. Readings from epic, drama, historiography, romance, and lyric.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The aim of this course is to consider how sex and gender are constructed in the literature of the classical Greeks and Romans. Areas addressed will include the affirmation and inversion in literature of culturally agreed gender roles; myths of male and female identity and self-fashioning; the marginalization of female consciousness; and the ‘rules of engagement’ in ancient love poems and stories, in which gender, status and sexual preference are all inextricably bound up together. Selections from various genres of Greek and Roman literature will be read and placed in their cultural and ideological contexts. The course will also consider some aspects of the reception of this Greek and Roman material in more recent phases of Western culture. The focus throughout will be primarily literary, with the emphasis placed on issues of representation in canonical texts. Participants will be required to read and respond to a broad range of primary texts and a limited number of secondary texts.
Class assignments and grading
To get the most from this class, and to lay a good foundation of preparation for the course examinations, you are strongly recommended to read each assignment both before and after the lecture devoted to it. While this class requires no writing outside the two examinations, it is quite demanding in its reading requirements. Midterm 40% Final 60%