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Learning Outcomes

Principal Modules Aims

This module offers an in-depth exploration of the topic of metamorphosis in Latin literature. It will offer students the opportunity to develop their interpretive and linguistic skills (for those taking it in Latin) while also reflecting more broadly on theories of the body and posthuman theories.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students will develop:

  • A broad understanding of Latin poems dealing with metamorphosis, change and conversion;
  • A good understanding of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the main critical issues around it;
  • A broad understanding of the main literary theories on metamorphosis and conversion, including perspectives from post-humanism, theories on the animal, theories on the body;
  • A broad understanding of the role played by literary texts in issues of identity formation;
  • (for those taking the module in Latin) Advanced Latin linguistic skills;
  • Advanced skills in the critical analysis of classical scholarship;
  • An ability to tackle and discuss ancient texts that present us with sensitive topics such as sexual violence and gender identity.


For Finalists:

  • develop the ability to set their findings into a wider comparative context, drawing in other aspects of the study of the ancient world;
  • engage creatively with a wider range of secondary literature that includes discussion of classical literature within broader comparative, including critical-theoretical, frames.