Myth and Fairytale

Course code AHIS3663Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines the origins and development of the related genres of myth and fairytale in the Western literary tradition. Attention is firstly given to the relevant texts of the Greeks and Romans. This block of study is then augmented by the study of the genre in later works of the Renaissance through to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesTo provide students with the opportunities to:
1. Gain knowledge of the genres of myth and fairytale in the Western literary tradition;
2. Compare and contrast each text with the aim of interpreting the discriminating elements of each, particularly within chronological and cultural contexts
3. Analyse various topics within each text. Topics may include: representations of gender, social and class environments, belief systems
4. Interpret the texts (at appropriate times) as original works that have been subsequently reinterpreted within genres such as children's literature and films
5. Develop an understanding of the impact of early literature on later Western cultural and social traditions;
6. Practise and demonstrate oral and written communications skills at advanced undergraduate level at 4 seminars;
7. Practise and demonstrate research skills at advanced undergraduate level at 4 seminars and in the major essay.
ContentThe course is based on a close reading and analysis of literary texts with the primary aim of establishing internal themes, narrative structure and related topics with the secondary aim being to examine the aforementioned elements within several of the works. Students will study a series of texts, which may vary from year to year and which may include some or all of the following: Homer's Odyssey, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Apuleius' Golden Ass, Shakespearean drama, works of the Brothers Grimm and Oscar Wilde, as well as twentieth-century works.
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3663 and ENGL3663
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3663 and ENGL3663 can not enrol in AHIS3663.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAHIS1070 or other Ancient History or English courses at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments4 seminar papers (each 750 words), 60%

1 Major Essay 2,500 words, 40%
Other: (please specify)Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.

Attendance with participation at the 4 seminars is part of the essential criterion in order to augment Course Objectives 6 and 7.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks