Literature: Ovid's Heroides with Kim Shahabudin

Ref: C3533433

In recent years, the literary world has seen a flood of modern fiction retelling the stories of women in ancient myth. However, before Madeline Miller, Natalie Haynes and Pat Barker, there was Ovid, and his Heroides: a set of poems which air the grievances of female mythological figures like Penelope, Dido, Briseis and Medea in letters to their husbands and lovers. In this course we will be reading and discussing these poems (in translation), and considering what they have to say about the way mythological women were figured in the ancient world.

Course aim

To read and discuss Ovid’s Heroides, a set of letters in poetic form purporting to be written from female mythological figures to their lovers and husbands.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Read at least six of the epistles in Ovid’s Heroides
  • Learn more about the mythological figures represented
  • Discuss the representation of at least six of the figures represented in the epistles

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No previous knowledge is assumed. You will get more from the course if you read the texts assigned for discussion each week, but this is not compulsory. Links to further reading will be provided for those who wish to extend their learning. A pen & paper may be handy for notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Literature: Ovid's Heroides with Kim Shahabudin


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