Myth and Fairytale

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Myth and Fairytale

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Classics, Greek Studies, History, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    AHIS1070 or other Ancient History or English courses at 1000 level

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    1. Gain knowledge of the genres of myth and fairytale in the Western literary tradition;
    2. Compare and contrast each text with the aim of interpreting the discriminating elements of each, particularly within chronological and cultural contexts
    3. Analyse various topics within each text. Topics may include: representations of gender, social and class environments, belief systems
    4. Interpret the texts (at appropriate times) as original works that have been subsequently reinterpreted within genres such as children's literature and films
    5. Develop an understanding of the impact of early literature on later Western cultural and social traditions;
    6. Practise and demonstrate oral and written communications skills at advanced undergraduate level at 4 seminars;
    7. Practise and demonstrate research skills at advanced undergraduate level at 4 seminars and in the major essay.
    The course is based on a close reading and analysis of literary texts with the primary aim of establishing internal themes, narrative structure and related topics with the secondary aim being to examine the aforementioned elements within several of the works. Students will study a series of texts, which may vary from year to year and which may include some or all of the following: Homer's Odyssey, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Apuleius' Golden Ass, Shakespearean drama, works of the Brothers Grimm and Oscar Wilde, as well as twentieth-century works.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.