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New Level 6 modules for 2017-18

The Industrial Revolution(s) in Europe, c1789-1914

‘To Begin the World Over Again’: The United States in International Society, 1776 - present

Very British Scandals, 1820-1939

In the Footsteps of Margery Kempe: Exploring Late Medieval Europe

Greek Set Book - Plato's Symposium

Latin Set Book – Propertius Book 4


The Industrial Revolution(s) in Europe, c1789-1914

Convenor: Alexis Litvine

Assessment – 30% 2 x 2000-2500 word essays, 70% 3 hour exam

During the long nineteenth century Europe underwent a series of dramatic changes, which redrew national boundaries, changed the political nature of several regimes, transformed how people worked, where they lived, how and how far they travelled, and even their stature and what they ate.  Many of these changes can be read as by-products of the Industrial Revolution, but the simple juxtaposition of national narratives of economic growth and industrialisation largely fail to explain the radical structural transformations occurring across Europe. Unlike older comparative literature, which lacked the recently-recognised benefits of comparative history at a ‘testable’ level, this course will follow important contributions that have recently shifted the focus towards international comparative explanations and have been exploring the relationship between demography, energy use and economic change to characterise forms of economic development that often preceded economic growth. It will use both quantitative and qualitative sources to reflect on the nature, causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution in Europe, and analyse how it transformed the lives and ideas of Europeans from the late eighteenth century to the eve of the First World War.

Through this course students will learn to combine a rigorous reading of socio-economic change with cultural and political interpretations of the effects of industrialisation on the lives of Europeans, their societies, their norms, and values. By the end of this module students should i) know how to use quantitative evidence to sustain an argument about nineteenth-century Europe, ii) be able to understand socio-economic change in its regional, national, and transnational context, iii) have an understanding of the key interpretative models and debates surrounding the Industrial Revolution, its causes and its consequences, and iv) be able to assess the effects of these changes on the living standards of Europeans during this phase of economic and epidemiological transition.

Preparatory Reading

  • W.W. Rostow (1960) The Stages of Economic Growth: A Non-Communist Manifesto, Cambridge CUP
  • E. J. Hobsbawm (1962) The Age of Revolution, 1789-1898, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • A. Gerschenkron (1962) Economic Backwardness in Historical Perspective, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
  • S. Kuznets (1966) Modern Economic Growth: Rate, Structure, and Spread, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press
  • Milward A.S and Saul S.B (1973) The economic development of continental Europe, 1780–1870, Allen and Unwin, London
  • E. J. Hobsbawm (1975) The Age of Capital: 1848–1875, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Pollard S. (1981) Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialization of Europe, 1760-1970, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • R. Cameron, (1993) A Concise Economic History of the World, Oxford: OUP
  • S. C. Ogilvie, and M. Cerman, eds. (1996) European Proto-Industrialization: An Introductory Handbook, Cambridge: CUP
  • D. S. Landes (1998) The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, New York:W.W.Norton and Co.
  • K. Pomeranz (2000) The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
  • R. C. Allen (2009) The British Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective, Cambridge: CUP
  • S. N. Broadberry, Kevin H. O'Rourke, eds. (2010) The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe: Volume 1, 1700-1870. Cambridge: CUP


‘To Begin the World Over Again’: The United States in International Society, 1776 - present

Convenor: Stephen Wertheim

Assessment – 30% 2 x 2000-2500 word essays, 70% 3 hour exam

Since 1945, the United States has done much to shape the world order. For most of their history, however, Americans largely participated in a world order defined by others, while aspiring to ‘begin the world over again’, as the revolutionary writer Thomas Paine envisaged in 1776.

This course examines U.S. engagement with the states, peoples, and organizations that constitute international society. Rather than focus on particular states or regions, it examines systematic ways in which Americans have approached two issues: how to bring about peace and justice among nations and states and how to govern what is today called the Global South.

The course emphasizes intellectual frameworks through which U.S. officials, intellectuals, and activists have comprehended international society and staked their place in it. It is framed conceptually around the interplay of American nationalism and internationalism over time and chronologically around the rise of the United States from a second-ranking participant in international society to a globe-spanning superpower.

We first consider the era of ‘participation,’ of federalist and hemispheric conceptions of international order from the Founding of the republic though the nineteenth century. This exploration provides an essential context for the subsequent era of ‘transformation’: how the United States structured international society as a great power and then superpower. Particular attention is given to America’s promotion of international law and organization in the early twentieth century and to U.S. global primacy from World War II to the present. We also examine how global actors — including European great powers, totalitarian adversaries, and the postcolonial Third World — contested American initiatives and, at times, caused significant changes within the United States.

Preparatory Reading

George Herring, From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations Since 1776 (Oxford, 2008).

David Armitage, The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (Cambridge, MA, 2008).

David Hendrickson, Peace Pact: The Lost World of the American Founding (Lawrence, KS, 2003).

Anders Stephanson, Manifest Destiny: American Expansionism and the Empire of Right (New York, 1995).

Matthew Karp, This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy (Cambridge, MA, 2016).

Marc-William Palen, The ‘Conspiracy’ of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846-1896 (Cambridge, UK, 2016).

Benjamin A. Coates, Legalist Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2016).

Thomas Knock, To End All Wars: Woodrow Wilson and the Quest for a New World Order (Princeton, 1995).

Erez Manela, The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (Oxford, 2008).

John A. Thompson, A Sense of Power: The Roots of America’s Global Role (Ithaca, 2015).

Warren Kimball, The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman (Princeton, 1994).

William Roger Louis, Imperialism at Bay: the United States and the Decolonization of the British Empire, 1941-1945 (Oxford, 1978).

Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy (Princeton and Oxford, 2000).

Michael Latham, The Right Kind of Revolution: Modernization, Development, and U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to the Present (Ithaca, 2011).

Samuel Moyn, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Cambridge, MA, 2010).

Daniel Sargent, A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970 (New York, 2015).


Very British Scandals, 1820-1939

Convenor: Anne Hanley

Assessment – 30% 2 x 2000-2500 word essays, 70% 3 hour exam

What makes for a compelling scandal? We shall begin with a Georgian scandal of royal proportions, explore an increasingly prim Victorian age and end with the flappers and political turmoil of the interwar years. These scandals were told and retold with indignation and prurient fascination. They destroyed reputations, created celebrities and directed public scrutiny towards unpalatable aspects of a modernising society. Fuelling these cause célèbres were new technologies like the wireless and the penny press, which enabled dissemination on an unprecedented scale.

This module presents students with a selection of sensational case studies in which social, moral and political norms were flouted. We shall see how codes of behaviour were formed, sustained and subverted, and how those embroiled in scandal were cast as either victims or perpetrators. But it was never simply a question of subversive behaviour. These case studies will act as a lens through which to understand the political, social and cultural anxieties bubbling away under the surface.

On completing this module, students will have deepened their historical understanding of scandal through independent research and critical thought. In assessments and seminar discussions, they will be expected to analyse critically the historical narratives of scandals by engaging with a range of historiographical arguments and collections of primary sources. By the end, students should also be able to apply their historical knowledge to understand how wider social and political issues feed into scandal today.

Weekly Seminar Readings

1. The anatomy of a scandal

o Kristine Ottesen Garrigan (ed.), Victorian Scandals: Representations of Gender and Class (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992).

o Michael Diamond, Victorian Sensation: Or the Spectacular, the Shocking and the Scandalous in Nineteenth-Century Britain (London: Anthem Press, 2004).

2. The Queen Caroline Affair

o Jonathan Fulcher, ‘The Loyalist Response to the Queen Caroline Agitations’, Journal of British Studies (1995), 481–502.

o Anna Clark, ‘Queen Caroline and the Sexual Politics of the British Constitution’, Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006), 177–207.

3. Mary Prince and the Abolitionists

o Sue Thomas, ‘Pringle v. Cadell and Wood v. Pringle: The Libel Cases over The History of Mary Prince’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2005): 113–35.

o Henrice Altink, ‘Deviant and Dangerous: Proslavery Representations of Jamaican Slave Women’s Sexuality, ca. 1780-1834’, Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers and Joseph Miller (eds), Women and Slavery: The Modern Atlantic (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2008), 209–30.

o Seymour Drescher, Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), chapter 9.

o Mary Prince, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself (London: F. Westley and A. H. David, 1831).

o James MacQueen, ‘The Colonial Empire of Great Britain’, Blackwood’s Magazine, 30 (November 1831).

4. Queen Victoria’s Bedchamber Crisis

o Richard Francis Spall, ‘The Bedchamber Crisis and the Hastings Scandal: Morals, Politics, and the Press at the Beginning of Victoria’s Reign’, Canadian Journal of History (1987): 19–39.

o Karen Chase and Michael Levenson, The Spectacle of Intimacy: A Public Life for the Victorian Family (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), chapter 2.

5. Criminal Conversation and the Divorce Courts

o G.H. Fleming, Victorian ‘Sex Goddess’: Lady Colin Campbell and the Sensational Divorce Case of 1886 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990).

o Gail Savage, ‘Erotic Stories and Public Decency: Newspaper Reporting of Divorce Proceedings in England’, The Historical Journal (1998): 511–28.

o Kate Summerscale, Mrs Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady (London: Bloomsbury, 2012).

o Digitised Divorce Court Records (1858–1914); especially those of Isabella Robinson, Charles Dilke and Gertrude Elizabeth Blood.

6. Opium Eaters and Drug Addiction

o Susan Zieger, ‘“How Far am I Responsible?”: Women and Morphinomania in Late-Nineteenth-Century Britain’, Victorian Studies (2005): 59–81.

o Louise Foxcroft, The Making of Addiction: The ‘Use and Abuse’ of Opium in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), chapters 3 and 4.

o Douglas Small, ‘Masters of Healing: Cocaine and the Ideal of the Victorian Medical Man’, Journal of Victorian Culture (2016): 3–20.

o Thomas De Quincey, Confessions of an English Opium Eater (London: Taylor and Hessey, 1822).

7. Colonial Scandals

o Norman Etherington, ‘Natal's Black Rape Scare of the 1870s’, Journal of Southern African Studies (1988): 36–53.

o Kirsten McKenzie, Scandal in the Colonies: Sydney and Cape Town, 1820-1850 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2004), chapter 4.

o Harald Fischer-Tiné (ed.), Anxieties, Fear and Panic in Colonial Settings: Empires on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), chapters 2, 3 and 8.

8. Food Adulteration in the Industrialising Metropolis

o John Burnett, Plenty and Want: A Social History of Food in England from 1815 to the Present Day (London: Routledge, 1989), chapter 10.

o P. J. Atkins, ‘Sophistication Detected: Or, the Adulteration of the Milk Supply, 1850–1914’, Social History (1991): 317–39.

o Derek J. Oddy, ‘Food Quality in London and the Rise of the Public Analyst, 1870–1939’, Peter J. Atkins, Peter Lumnel and Derek J. Oddy (eds), Food and the City in Europe since 1800 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), 91–104.

o Arthur Hill Hassall, Food and Its Adulterations; Comprising the Reports of the Analytical Sanitary Commission of “The Lancet” for the Years 1851 to 1854 Inclusive, Revised and Extended (London: Longman, 1855).

9. Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts

o Judith R. Walkowitz and Daniel J.  Walkowitz, ‘“We Are Not Beasts of the Field”: Prostitution and the Poor in Plymouth and Southampton under the Contagious Diseases Acts’, Feminist Studies (1973): 73–106.

o Philippa Levine, ‘Rereading the 1890s: Venereal Disease as “Constitutional Crisis” in Britain and British India’, Journal of Asian Studies (1996): 585-612.

o Mary Spongberg, Feminizing Venereal Disease: The Body of the Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century Medical Discourse (New York: New York University Press, 1997), chapters 4 and 5.

10. Child Labour and Industrial Working Conditions

o Jane Humphries, Childhood and Child Labour in the British Industrial Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

o Frances Trollope, The Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy (London: Henry Colburn, 1840).

11. White Slavery and ‘The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon’

o Judith R. Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (London: Virago, 1992), chapters 3 and 4.

o Cecily Devereux, ‘“The Maiden Tribute” and the Rise of the White Slave in the Nineteenth Century: The Making of an Imperial Construct’, Victorian Review (2000): 1–23.

o W. T. Stead, ‘The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon’, The Pall Mall Gazette (July 1885).

12. Jack the Ripper and Sensational Journalism

o Judith R. Walkowitz, ‘Jack the Ripper and the Myth of Male Violence’, Feminist Studies (1982): 542–74.

o L. Perry Curtis, Jack the Ripper and the London Press (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001).

o Drew D. Grey, London's Shadows: The Dark Side of the Victorian City (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).

o Press coverage (e.g. The Illustrated Police News) of the murders.

13. Cross-Dressing

o Charles Upchurch, ‘Forgetting the Unthinkable: Cross-Dressers and British Society in the Case of the Queen vs. Boulton and Others’, Gender & History (2000): 127–57.

o Katie Hindmarch-Watson, ‘Lois Schwich, the Female Errand Boy Narratives of Female Cross-Dressing in Late-Victorian London’, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2008): 69–98.

o The 1871 Case of the Queen v. Boulton and Others, Department of Public Prosecution, Public Records Office, London DPP4/6, and arraignment depositions KB6/3.

o Press coverage (e.g. Pall Mall Gazette and Times) of the trial.

14. Degeneration and Male Homosexuality

o Daniel Pick, Faces of Degeneration: A European Disorder, 1848–1918 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), chapters 6 and 7.

o E. Cohen, Talk on the Wilde Side (New York: Routledge, 1993).

o Matt Cook, London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885–1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), especially chapters 2 and 3.

15. The New Woman

o Lucy Bland, ‘The Married Woman, the “New Woman” and the Feminist: Sexual Politics of the 1890s’, Jane Rendall (ed.), Equal or Different: Women’s Politics 1800-1914 (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987), pp. 141–64.

o Richard Soloway, Demography and Degeneration: Eugenics and the Declining Birthrate in Twentieth-Century Britain (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1990), chapter 6.

o Chris Wills, ‘“Heaven Defend Me from Political or Highly Education Women!’” Packaging the New Woman for Mass Consumption’, Angelique Richardson and Chris Wills (eds), The New Woman in Fiction and Fact: Fin-de-Siècle Feminisms (London: Palgrave, 2002), 53–65.

o Mona Caird, ‘The Morality of Marriage’, The Fortnightly Review (1890), 310–30.

o Nora Brownlow, ‘The Modern Slave Market’, Shafts (December 1892).

16. Imperial Anxiety and the Second Boer War

o Richard Price, An Imperial War and the British Working Class: Working-Class Attitudes and Reactions to the Boer War, 1899–1902 (London: Routledge, 1972), chapter 3.

o Mark Hampton, ‘The Press, Patriotism, and Public Discussion: C. P. Scott, the "Manchester Guardian", and the Boer War, 1899-1902’, The Historical Journal (2001): 177–97.

o Brad Beaven, Visions of Empire: Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City 1870–1939 (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2012), chapters 1 and 3.

o Emily Hobhouse. Boer War Letters, Rykie van Reenen (ed.) (Cape Town: Human & Rousseau 1984).

17. The Cult of the Clitoris

o Jodie Medd, ‘“The Cult of the Clitoris”: Anatomy of a National Scandal’, Modernism/Modernity (2002): 21–49.

o Laura Doan, ‘Topsy-Turvydom: Gender Inversion, Sapphism, and the Great War’, GLQ; A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2006): 517–42.

o Deborah Cohler, ‘Sapphism and Sedition: Producing Female Homosexuality in Great War Britain’, Journal of the History of Sexuality (2007): 68–94.

o Judith R. Walkowitz, Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), chapter 3.

18. Bright Young Things

o Lucy Bland, Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013).

o Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies (London: Chapman & Hall, 1930).

19. The Abdication and political instability in the 1930s

o Donal Coffey, ‘British, Commonwealth, and Irish responses to the abdication of King Edward VIII’, Irish Jurist (2009): 95–122.

o Juliet Gardiner, 'Searching for the Gleam': Finding Solutions to the Political and Social Problems of 1930s Britain’, History Workshop Journal (2011): 103–17.

20. Rethinking Scandal

This seminar will draw on themes and readings from across the module.


In the Footsteps of Margery Kempe: Exploring Late Medieval Europe

Convenor: Matthew Champion

Assessment – 30% 2 x 2000-2500 word essays, 70% 3 hour exam

Rediscovered in 1934, apparently during a hunt for ping pong balls, the manuscript Book of Margery Kempe is an extraordinary account of a medieval woman’s tears and travels, torments and triumphs. We will join Margery, a little-educated laywoman and mother, as she journeys from her home town, King’s Lynn, to Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Jerusalem in the early fifteenth century. On the way we will undertake detailed readings of her Book alongside other contemporary sources which illuminate Margery’s life and times. We will pause to examine the social and cultural structures of the late middle ages that allowed Margery to make her journeys across Europe and the Mediterranean, and to experience her devotions with such intensity. In the process, this subject will offer students the chance to engage with some of the most exciting recent scholarship in medieval cultural and literary history, the history of gender and the body, and the history of emotions. Finally, we will explore how this text was produced, in the age where reading was transformed by the rise of vernacular languages and print – who wrote the Book? who read it? and why do we keep being drawn to Margery today?


Preparatory Reading

Modern Edition

Bale, Anthony, trans. The Book of Margery Kempe. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Secondary Readings

Arnold, John H., and Katherine J. Lewis, eds. A Companion to The Book of Margery Kempe. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2004.

Atkinson, Clarissa W. Mystic and Pilgrim: The Book and the Word of Margery Kempe. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1983.

Beckwith, Sarah. Christ's Body: Identity, Culture, and Society in Late Medieval Writings. London: Routledge, 1993.

Lochrie, Karma. Margery Kempe and Translations of the Flesh. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

McAvoy, Liz Herbert. Authority and the female body in the writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. Woodbridge, Suffolk: D.S. Brewer, 2004.

McEntire, Sandra J. Margery Kempe: A Book of Essays. New York: Garland, 1992.

Staley, Lynn. Margery Kempe's Dissenting Fictions. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994.


Greek Set Book - Plato's Symposium

Convenor: Peter Singer

Assessment – 30% 2 x 2000-2500 word essays, 70% 3 hour exam

The Symposium is one of the great literary masterpieces of antiquity; it is also a unique historical document and a highly unusual work of philosophy. In this course, we shall (a) read the whole work in Greek and (b) discuss its interpretation, historical significance and position in Plato's (and the history of) philosophy.

We shall explore the text in relation to four themes in particular:

(i) as evidence for ancient Greek social relations and practices, in particular the history of and attitudes to homosexual love;

(ii) as a literary artefact, considering its construction, dramatic form and characters, and the relationship of 'literature' to 'philosophy';

(iii) within Plato's philosophical thought, with particular reference to his view of the human soul or psychē, of moral development, and the Theory of Forms;

(iv) in terms of its huge influence and later reception, including in later Platonism, in Renaissance Platonism and in modern philosophy of love.

The course will focus predominantly on the text of the Symposium, with a portion set each week for translation, interpretation and analysis. At the same time, specific items of secondary literature will be set on a regular basis; and we will also spend (limited) time considering other works of Plato, in English (e.g. Phaedrus, Alcibiades I, portions of the Republic).

The BA course is assessed by two essays of 2,500 words and one 3-hour examination comprising translation, passages for detailed comment, and an essay question.


The following bibliography is preliminary. Further bibliography, in conjunction with the passages of the text for reading each week, will be posted on Moodle.

As essential course materials, students will need to acquire one Greek text + commentary (see A (i) below) and one translation (see A (ii)) - though n.b. the Rowe volume contains both.

A. Symposium: editions, translations and commentaries:

(i) Greek text with commentary:

Dover, K. J. (1980) Plato: Symposium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Rowe, C. J. (1998) Plato: Symposium (Warminster: Aris & Philips) (also has translation)

(ii) Translations with introduction:

Gill, C. (1999) Plato: Symposium (London: Penguin)

Howatson, M. C. and Sheffield, F. C. C. (2008) Plato: Symposium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

B. Introductory secondary reading:

Annas, J. (2003) Plato: A very short introduction (Oxford)

Davidson, J. (2007) The Greeks and Greek Love: a radical reappraisal of homosexuality in ancient Greece (London)

Dover K. J. (1978) Greek homosexuality (New York)

Gill, C., Introduction to his translation (above)

Lesher, J. H., D. Nalls and F. Sheffield (eds) (2007) Plato’s Symposium: Issues in interpretation and reception (Cambridge, MA)

Ferrari, G. R. F. (1992) ‘Platonic love’, in R. Kraut (ed.) The Cambridge companion to Plato (Cambridge) 248-76

Sheffield, F. C. C. (2006) Plato’s Symposium: The ethics of desire (Oxford)


Latin Set Book – Propertius Book 4

Convenor: Dr Bobby Xinyue

Assessment – 30% 2 x 2000-2500 word essays, 70% 3 hour exam

The fourth book of Propertius’ elegies is some of the most challenging and innovative poetry of the Augustan age. It dislocates time and order; plays with different literary genres and modes of writing; and meditates on gender, religion, and history. In this course, we shall (a) read the whole work in Latin; and (b) discuss its interpretation, cultural significance, and reception.

We shall explore the text in relation to four major themes:

- The genre of book 4

- Female voices

- Representation of Rome and Augustus

- Topography, monuments, and Roman history

The course will focus closely on the text of Propertius 4, with a set portion each week for translation, interpretation, and literary criticism. At the same time, specific items of secondary literature will be set for reading on a regular basis; and we will also spend some time reading (the translation of) a selection of poems from the first three books of Propertius’ elegies, as well as passages from other relevant works by Hellenistic and Augustan authors (in particular Callimachus’ Aetia and Vergil’s Aeneid).

Bibliography (preliminary)

(A) Editions, translations, and commentaries:

(i) Latin text with commentaries:

Camps, W. A. (1965) Propertius: Elegies Book IV (Cambridge)

Fedeli, P. (1965) Properzio. Elegie. Libro IV: testo critico e commento (Bari)

Hutchinson, G. O. (2004) Propertius Elegies Book IV (Cambridge) [Recommended for purchase]

Richardson, L. (2006) Propertius. Elegies I-IV. (Norman, OK; 1st edn 1977)

(ii) Critical editions:

Barber, E. A. (19602) Sexti Properti Carmina. Oxford Classical Text (Oxford)

Fedeli, P. (1984) Sexti Properti Elegiarum Libri IV. Bibliotheca scriptorum Graecorum et Romanorum Teubneriana (Stuttgart)

Heyworth, S. J. (2007) Sexti Properti Elegi. Oxford Classical Text (Oxford); to be consulted with Heyworth, S. J. (2007) Cynthia: A Companion to the Text of Propertius (Oxford)

(iii) English translation:

Goold, G. P. (1990) Propertius: Elegies. Loeb Classical Library (Harvard)

(B) Select secondary reading:

Cairns, F. (2006) Sextus Propertius: The Augustan Elegist (Cambridge)

DeBrohun, J. B. (2003) Roman Propertius and the Reinvention of Elegy (Ann Arbor)

Dufallo, B. (2007) The Ghosts of the Past: Latin Literature, the Dead, and Rome’s Transition to a Principate (Columbus, Ohio)

Edwards, C. (1996) Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City (Cambridge)

Fantham, E. (1997) ‘Images of the city: Propertius’ new-old Rome’, in Habinek, T. and Schiesaro, A. (eds.) The Roman Cultural Revolution (Cambridge), 122-35

Günther, H. G. (2006) ‘The fourth book’, in Günther, H. G. (ed.) Brill’s Companion to Propertius (Leiden), 353-95

Gurval, R. A. (1995) Actium and Augustus: The politics and Emotions of Civil War (Ann Arbor)

Hallet, J. P. (1972) ‘Book IV, Propertius’ recusatio to Augustus and Augustan ideals’, HSCP 76, 285-9

Heyworth, S. J. (2007) ‘Propertius, patronage and politics’, BIC 50, 93-128

Hollis, A. (2006) ‘Propertius and Hellenistic poetry’, in Günther, H. G. (ed.) Brill’s Companion to Propertius (Leiden), 97-144

Hubbard, M. E. (1974) Propertius (London)

Janan, M. (2001) The Politics of Desire: Propertius IV (Berkeley)

Keith, A. (2008) Propertius: Poet of Love and Leisure (London, Duckworth)

Miller, J. F. (1982) ‘Callimachus and the Augustan aetiological elegy’, ANRW 2.30.1: 371-417

–– (2009) Apollo, Augustus, and the Poets (Cambridge)

Nethercut, W. R. (1968) ‘Notes on the structure of Propertius Book 4’, AJP 89, 449-64

Pillinger, H. E. (1969) ‘Some Callimachean influences on Propertius book 4’, HSCP 73, 171-99

Sharrock, A. (2000) ‘Constructing characters in Propertius’, Arethusa 33, 263-84

Stahl, H.-P. (1985) Propertius: ‘Love’ and ‘War’: Individual and State under Augustus (Berkeley)

Warden, J. (1980) Fallax opus: Poet and Reader in the Elegies of Propertius (Toronto)

Welch, T. S. (2005) The Elegiac Cityscape: Propertius and the Meaning of Roman Monuments (Columbus)

Wyke, M. (1987) ‘The elegiac woman at Rome’, PCPhS 33, 153–78