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Preparatory reading

Weekly readings will appear on Moodle, which students will be able to access when the course begins.

If you wish to get ahead over the summer break, I recommend you start with the set texts (listed on the main module page).

Additionally, students may wish to consult the following (a full module reading list will be available on Moodle when the module begins):

  • Ormand, K.(2018). Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome. rev. ed. (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press).
    • Especially the chapters on Roman / Latin literature.
  • Surtees, A. & Dyer, J. eds. (2020). Exploring Gender Diversity in the Ancient World. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).
    • Especially Chapter 11 ("The Politics of Transgender Representation in Apuleius’ Golden Ass and Loukios, or the Ass", by Evelyn Adkins) and Chapter 7 ("Que(e)r(y)ing Iphis’ Transformation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses", by Rebecca Begum-Lees).
  • Sulprizio C. & Blake, S. (2020). Gender and Sexuality in Juvenal’s Rome: Satire 2 and Satire 6. (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press).

  • Wray, D. (2001). Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • Segal, C. (1986). Language and Desire in Seneca’s Phaedra. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press).
  • Rimell, V. (2006). Ovid’s Lovers: Desire, Difference, and Poetic Imagination. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • Ahmed, S. (2006). Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press).