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EN101 - The Epic Tradition

  • Module code: EN101
  • Module name: The Epic Tradition
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Chronologically this is the first of the Warwick English Department’s distinctive genre-based modules, in which the great literary genres are studied—through translation where appropriate. The texts to be studied are Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Milton’s Paradise Lost and Derek Walcott's Omeros.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should have: 1. Arrived at a good working knowledge of the three crucial texts of the classical past, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid; 2. Made a detailed study of the seventeenth-century English epic, Milton’s Paradise Lost; 3. Acquired an understanding of the ways in which the epic tradition is alluded to, commented upon, and continued in a modern text, Derek Walcott’s Omeros; 4. Obtained some knowledge of the typical structures, motifs and aims of European epic poetry, and the ways in which these are modified to accord with distinct cultural, political and religious circumstances.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/first/en101/en101coursedetails/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN101-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate English and Italian Literature (QR33) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and Hispanic Studies (QR34) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and French (QR3A) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 1
Optional
  • Undergraduate English and German Literature (QR32) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and French (QR3A) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1