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CO4026 Classicism in European Literature

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module is about 'the best' writing. We will consider the notion of classicism in Italian, French and German literature, tracing the endeavours of generations of writers to rise to the challenge of antiquity by creating literary art which is well-proportioned, harmonious, and which advocates humanist ideals. Through this course, you will not only be introduced to some of the greatest writers Europe has produced (Goethe, Racine, Petrarca), you will develop as a comparatist by learning to reflect critically on national narratives of literary history. In particular, we will ask not only what classicism is, but also why writers and literary historians have felt it necessary to create their own, national classical centres and to what extent these are culturally specific.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Comparative Literature

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the Comparative Literature Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and an optional surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 27
  • Guided independent study: 123

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 20%
  • Coursework: 80%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Written Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M White
Module teaching staff:Team taught