Level of study Second Year
Credit value 20
Semester Scheduled 2012-13, 1 and 2
Pre-requisite modules None
Other pre-requisites None
This lecture-based module introduces students to receptions of classical (predominantly Greek) antiquity in contemporary popular cultural forms including television, comics and graphic novels, online content and computer games. It presents a range of appropriate methodologies for the study of popular cultural materials, with particular emphasis on cultural, media, subculture and fan studies. The module includes study of controversial receptions of antiquity by minority-identified constituencies (e.g. the Black Athena debate), additionally enabling students to reflect critically on the formation and procedures of their own academic disciplines. Ancient World in Popular Culture¿ complements a module already offered by IAA, ‘Classics and Film’; the two modules usually run in alternate years.