Literature: The Women of Greek Myth in Modern Fiction with Kim Shahabudin

Ref: C3533163

The women of Greek myth can sometimes feel like shadowy figures besides male heroes like Hercules, Jason and Perseus. However a recent trend has seen the women of Greek myth reclaimed and given voices of their own. In this course we will consider works by three authors which turn the spotlight on women from Greek myth: Madeline Miller’s Circe, Natalie Haynes’ The Children of Jocasta, Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne.

Course aim

To read and discuss recent novels that reclaim the women of ancient Greek myth, and to consider why these women have become popular topics for modern authors.

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:

  • Discover more about the representation of women from Greek myth in modern fiction
  • Read and discuss some specific texts in more detail
  • Consider the reasons for the popularity of this topic at the present time

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 whole book, but short extracts for discussion will be downloadable from Canvas. 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

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Literature: The Women of Greek Myth in Modern Fiction with Kim Shahabudin

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