CLAN4105 Literature, Narrative, History

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Classics and Ancient History [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit requires students to engage in depth with literary texts (principally works of historiography) as sources for our understanding of the ancient world. Works of historical writing frequently provide the underlying narrative on which modern reconstructions of antiquity are built, and an appreciation of the strengths and limitations of such writings is thus critical to research in antiquities. Through close study of selected texts (such as Thucydides' narrative of the Peloponnesian War, or Tacitus' account of the Julio-Claudian emperors), students are encouraged to engage with issues such as the generic conventions of the chosen texts, the intellectual and cultural milieu of the writer, and problems of textual transmission and preservation, and to explore the ways in which such considerations might inform our use of the texts as historical documents. The integration of the selected texts with other sources of information (such as archaeological or epigraphic remains), a task at the core of research praxis in Ancient History, is explored as appropriate. Students are also required to demonstrate awareness of current scholarly discourse around the chosen texts.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understandings of the strengths and limitations of the focus texts as historical sources; (2) display an awareness of the relationship of the chosen texts to other ancient materials (both literary and non-literary); (3) show understandings of current scholarly debates concerning the chosen literary texts; and (4) integrate the above understandings within research theses formulated around the chosen literary texts, and communicate their findings in well-developed arguments that adhere to the scholarly conventions of the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two comment exercises; (2) a research essay; and (3) a two-hour end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chris Mallan
Unit rules
enrolment in honours in Classics and Ancient History
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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