LNW 5325: Roman Elegaic Poetry

Course Description: This course will provide a comprehensive look at four of the Latin elegists (Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid).  Topics for discussion will include Roman social structures, gendered power constructs, and the elegiac cityscape

Assignments: Students will be expected to participate in class discussions (30%), with emphasis on analysis of the Latin text, and write one seminar paper (rough draft-- 8-10 pages

 (25%), final paper --minimum 15 pages (45%)). 

Textbooks: I have recommended commentaries (on order at the UF bookstore) for the elegists we will be reading.  Relevant secondary sources will be on reserve.

Course Goals:
Students will work on their writing and analytical skills through close reading of the Latin authors in addition to review of modern scholarship.


Class Discussions
As a member of this seminar you are expected to arrive on time and be prepared to engage in a thoughtful, informed, and critical discussion of the primary and secondary readings.
Written Assignments
You must acknowledge that there is room in your work for improvement and be prepared to develop your own critical skills by contributing constructively during discussions of your classmates' writing and your own. All written assignments are to be handed in on time (see Late Assignments, below for policy on late work).  Work handed in late due to an unexcused absence will cause the assignment grade to be penalized one-half grade for every day the assignment is late.
Attendance Policy
Regular attendance and active participation are mandatory.
More than one absence will cause your final grade to be penalized.
Tardiness will count as half an absence.

Late Assignments: You will be allowed to hand in work late only for excused absences, such as required student participation in a university-sponsored event (you must submit official documentation to the professor from the appropriate faculty or staff member before the event); religious holidays (notify the professor within the first two weeks of class); medical emergencies (with documentation from a health care provider); family emergencies (with valid written documentation).  Regarding medical and family emergencies, it is your responsibility to notify me as soon as possible that you will need accommodations.  Students with a valid excuse have one week after a missed assignment (or one week after recovering from an illness) to hand in the work. 

Grading Scale:


  A    =  90 or above        C    =  70-73
             A-   =  87-89                 C-   =  67-69
             B+  =  84-86                 D+  =  64-66
             B    =  80-83                 D    =  60-63
             B-   =  77-79                 D-   =  57-59                    
             C+  =  74-76                 E    =  56 or below



      Grading Scale with GPA Equivalencies


       A      =     4.0                                         
       A-     =     3.67                                      
       B+    =     3.33                                
       B      =     3.0                                  
       B-     =     2.67                                      
       C+    =     2.33                                 
       C      =     2.0                                        
       C-     =     1.67
       D+    =     1.33                                         
       D      =     1.0                                   
       D-     =     0.67
       E      =     0.0  

This course is in compliance with all UF policies regarding special needs and academic honesty. For details, see http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/ (special needs); http://www.dso.ufl.edu/studentguide/studentrights.php (academic honesty).

Course Schedule:

January 11, 2010 Catullus and Roman Literacy

Primary Text: Catullus

Secondary Reading: J. Farrell, “The Impermanent Text in Catullus and Other Roman Poets”? In Ancient Literacies

January 18, 2010 Tibullus and Roman Social Structures

Primary Text: Tibullus Book 1

Houghton, L.  (2007) “Tibullus’s elegiac underworld,” in CQ 57.1:153-65.

Knox, P. (2005) "Milestones in the Career of Tibullus," in CQ 55.1: 204-16

January 25, 2010 Tibullus and The Elegaic Cityscape

Primary Text: Tibullus Book 2

Secondary Reading: Lee-Stecum, Parshia. “Poet/Reader, Authority Deferred: Re-Reading Tibullan Elegy.”
Arethusa - Volume 33, Number 2, Spring 2000, pp. 177-215

Rea, J. “Finding Archaic-Augustan Rome in Tibullus 2.5.” in Scholia (2007)

February 1, 2010 Propertius and the Elegaic Cityscape

Primary Text: Propertius Book I

Secondary Reading: Rothwell, K. “Propertius on the site of Rome.” In Latomus (1996) 55.4: 829-54.

S.J. Heyworth’s “Propertius, Patronage and Poetry,” in vol 50 of the Bulletin for the Institute of Classical Studies (2007): 93-128.

February 8, 2010 Propertius and Gendered Power Constructs

Primary Text: Propertius 2 & 3

Secondary Reading: McCoskey, D. “Reading Cynthia and Sexual Difference in the poems of Propertius ,” Ramus 28.1 (1999): 18-41.

February 15, 2010 Propertius and the Elegaic Cityscape, Part II

Primary Text: Propertius 4

Secondary Reading: O' Rourke, D. "Maxima Roma in Propertius, Vergil and  Gallus, " in CQ (2010) 60.2:  470-85.

February 22, 2010 Ovid

Primary Text: Ovid Amores I

Secondary Reading: Fear, Trevor. The Poet as Pimp: Elegiac Seduction in the Time of Augustus
Arethusa - Volume 33, Number 2, Spring 2000, pp. 217-240

March 1, 2010

Paper proposal due:   Your proposal should include a clear project outline, methodology, timeline, and bibliography. 

Ovid Amores II

March 8, 2010 (No class, UF Spring Break)

March 15, 2010

Ovid Heroides

Drinkwater, Megan, “Which Letter? Text and Subtext in Ovid's Heroides.
American Journal of Philology - Volume 128, Number 3 (Whole Number 511), Fall 2007, pp. 367-387

March 22, 2010 Ovid Heroides

March 29, 2010 Peer Editing (Rough Drafts due to professor by 5 pm on March 31st. Please attach this cover sheet to your rough draft.)

April 5, 2010 Writing Conferences

April 12, 2010 Writing Conferences

April 19, 2010 Course Conclusion/Final Papers Due (Please attach an abstract - formatted in APA style as the cover sheet for your final draft)