HM4804: Myth and Folk Tales

HM4804: Myth and Folk Tales

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Myth and Folk Tales
Module Code HM4804
Module Tutor Hilary Weeks
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the modes of myth that articulate symbolic stories underpinning the English and European literature, often at a deep or hidden level. Students will learn to recognise myth within a range of diverse genres, including the folk tale and national narratives such as the epic and romance.

Indicative Syllabus

Our study will begin in the classical world as we investigate the ritual and civic origins of drama and their implications for later periods. Students will learn how cultural and historical contexts shape playtexts, and there will be particular emphasis on stagecraft and performance spaces. Texts may include, but are not limited to, the following: Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Antigone; Seneca, Medea and The Trojan Women; The Wakefield Second Shepherd’s Play; Everyman; Shakespeare, Pericles and The Tempest; J.M. Synge, Riders to the Sea; Timberlake Wertenbaker, The Love of a Nightingale.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of mythology and its functions across the ages and how it is deployed in literature and art
  2. Read closely, analyse and evaluate a number of key texts, and identify differences between genres and forms
  3. Demonstrate a good understanding of historical and cultural contexts, and how these context shape literary production
  4. Apply techniques of sustained evidence-based reasoning and basic research (appropriate to level 4) to your assessed work
  5. Demonstrate confidence in communicating and exchanging ideas in a seminar context, and to reflect critically on your learning.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Assignment: Individual: 1000 words or equivalent
002: 60% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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