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Undergraduate Courses/Modules

From Literature to Film: Three Women’s Novels on Screen

This course examines three novels written by women and the way they have been adapted for the cinema or TV. It explores the transition from book to film and evaluate both media, examining their capabilities and limitations. The novels discussed are Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Classical Myths in English Literature

This course explores the enduring appeal of Classical mythology in the English-speaking literary world. It examines major motifs from Greek and Roman myths (such as Oedipus, Medea, Orpheus, Adonis, Pygmalion, etc) and their creative use in a wide range of texts in English literature from different periods (from Medieval to modern) and different genres (from poetry to fantasy and science fiction).

Myth in Popular Culture

This course examines the currency of myth today and its appropriation in popular culture. It explored myth and gender (from the Hero’s Journey to Superheroes and Warrior Women from Amazons to post-feminist tv); cultural myths of lost civilizations and the Arthurian Legend; and the uses and misuses of folklore in popular culture from fairy tales to urban legends.

Accredited Lifelong Learning Courses/Modules

Literature, Tradition and Mythology

Five linked day schools revolving around the interplay between myth, folklore and literature in the modern world: Halloween Spirits and Horror Fiction; The Classic Ballads; Christmas in Literature and Tradition; From Narnia to Harry Potter: Children’s Fantasy Litertature and Film; The Legend of the Holy Grail. Team-taught with Dr Juliette Wood, Dr Ian Spring and Ms Sara Broad.

Heroes and Outlaws

Five linked day schools on our enduring fascination with heroism, rebellion and breaking boundaries. Individual day schools explore Heroes, Heroines, Pirates, Outlaws and Frontiersmen in myth, legend, folklore and literature. Team-taught with Dr Juliette Wood, Dr Ian Spring and Dr Terri Brewer.

A Literary Feast: Food in Literature, Film and Culture

This course explores the role of food (cooking, feasting, consuming) in literature, film and culture. It examines food imagery as a literary device, the function of eating and drinking rituals in literature, and the consumption and preparation of food as a way of expressing gender and ethnic identity.

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