Module Identifier DR34630  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Alison Forsyth  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part One  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 2 hour lecture  
  Seminars / Tutorials   1 x 1 hour seminar  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 2 HOUR WRITTEN EXAMINATION  40%
Semester Assessment 2 ESSAYS OF 2500 WORDS EACH  50%
Semester Assessment SEMINAR CONTRIBUTION  10%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:



Indicative lecture schedule (this schedule manages to achieve a balance between the key generic categories - tragedy, satire and comedy).

1: What is a Classic? Canon Formation and Rewriting the Ancients
2: The Trackers of Oxyrynchus and 'Art' regained: Harrison's Trackers and 'Sophocles' Satyric fragments.
3: Rewriting as a Critical Paradigm: Harrison's critique of Cultural Imperialism
4: The Island and 'Life' Art: Rewriting as Political Protest (Fugard and Sophocles' Antigone)
5 : Antigone as Christianised Martyr: Retrieving the Pharmakon (Gambaro, Anouilh)
6 : Medea in Ireland - Marina Carrs By the Bog 'o the Cats
7 : Oedipus, Freudian Appropriations and Berkoff's Greek
8 : 'The Common Chorus' Pacifist Ancestors. Harrison's 'The Common Chorus', Aristophanes 'Lysistrata' and Euripides' 'The Trojan Women'.
9 : Tradition? Progressive or Subversive? A Summation

Brief description

This module focuses on adaptations/rewrites of 'the classics' of antiquity with a view to posing questions such as: what is a classic? Is canonical status afforded to the ancients purely on the grounds of textual antiquity and endurance? Why adapt such works? Is such reworking reverential or subversive?
Between six and eight texts will be studied during the module (source texts and adaptations; number will vary according to density of works). Over and above a demonstrable understanding of ancient plays and the conventions of ancient theatre, this module will provide a detailed exploration of rewriting as a potentially radical, subversive and consciousness-raising critical paradigm that invites us to produce new, different and hitherto undisclosed meanings from and through the ancient source material. Gender stereotyping, identity and abjection, cultural imperialism, canonicity and aesthetics, and the 'politics of genre' will be just some of the issues raised by this analytical exploration of rewriting and adaptation.

Module Skills

Subject Specific Skills Students are encouraged to develop the use of a critical and analytical vocabulary in their written and oral response to issues concerning Ancient Theatre, Ancient Drama and its reception today and re-writing as a critical paradigm.  


This module is at CQFW Level 6