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Module

CAC2062 : Death and Dismemberment: Literature in the Age of Nero

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Claire Stocks
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The core of the module will consist of reading a selection of texts from the Neronian Period or texts written about the Neronian period. Such texts may include (but are not limited to) selections from Lucan’s De Bello Ciuili, the tragedies of Seneca, Petronius’ Satyricon, and Tacitus’ Annales. These texts will be sited both within their political context (Rome under a princeps who is the last of the Julio-Claudians, a figure who later acquired legendary status for his decadence and despotism) and their literary context (especially in relation to how these texts negotiate their place within the epic and tragic traditions).

Literary, cultural, religious, political and historical issues will be discussed.

This module aims to:
(1) Provide an understanding of the political and literary context of Neronian literature;
(2) Provide an understanding of the key interpretative problems raised in these texts;
(3) Provide an understanding of Neronian writers’ aims;
(4) Develop students' skills of textual interpretation, analysis and problem-solving as applied to Neronian Literature.
(5) Develop students' skills of interpersonal and written communication

Outline Of Syllabus

The following topics will be discussed:
• Historical context
• Key themes in Neronian Literature such as the portrayal of death, dismemberment of body and text, luxury and excess
• Literary context and influences

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion821:0082:0050% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading331:0033:0020% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study491:0049:0030% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are deliberately of brief duration, allowing time for class discussion and debate.
The six workshops will involve group discussion of the texts and questions designed to prepare students for the exam and for the written exercise. Students will be expected to read pre-selected secondary literature ahead of these workshops and to come to the workshop ready to discuss this literature with the other students and the course convenor.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M201500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses the learning outcomes through a combination of detailed comment on passages of text and of essay work on more general issues; the exam format is well suited to assessment of students' skills in both these areas.

The written exercise will be a case study, of the students' choice from a pre-agreed list of topics, that allows them to look in depth at a specific piece of Neronian literature and how it connects to the Neronian age and cultural context. This is an opportunity for students to explore how texts fit within their context and to explore in greater detail the relationship between literature and the world that produces it.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

Timetable