Metamorphoses from Ovid to Carter

Ref: C3746776

This six week course looks at the idea of transformations in literature starting with two Roman texts: extracts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Apuleius’s The Golden Ass, then moving on to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We will then move on to the 19th century to study Lamia by Keats, and the 20th century with Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter. Where possible links to texts will be provided on Canvas.

Course aim

To explore the idea of transformations in a wide range of literary texts from Roman times to the 20th century.

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:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way and discuss my findings with fellow students.
  • View the selected texts in their socio-historical context.
  • Explore the idea of metamorphosis in the literary text and the possible hidden meanings that they suggest.
  • Engage with the different writing styles that the selected authors adopt.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Week 1: Extracts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses Week 2: Apuleius, The Golden Ass Week 3: William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Week 4: John Keats, Lamia Week 5: Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis Week 6: Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Metamorphoses from Ovid to Carter


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