|Delivery length / details
|10 x 2 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|2 essays (2,500 words each) Continuous Assessment:
|Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected.
On completion of this module students should typically be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of a range of late medieval texts in English;
2. describe and analyse a range of late medieval literary forms and genres;
3. demonstrate an understanding of late medieval English culture and history;
4. analyse a range of late medieval texts in English in relation to current critical and theoretical debates;
5. demonstrate an understanding of late medieval literary English.
This module is accessible to anyone interested in reading medieval texts and in locating the literature of the time in its social and historical context. It will also introduce a range of approaches to Medieval English poetry from more traditional criticism to Marxist, deconstructionist, feminist and postmodern readings. Such readings illustrate that medieval literature remains of relevance in the 21st century.
_PART ONE: SOCIETY
_Seminar 1: Society in Transition
- The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
- The Prologue, and Passus i-vii, xviii and xx of Langland's Piers Plowman
_Seminars 4 & 5: Anti-semitism and Conflicts of Faith
- The Prioress's Tale; and Patience
- The Pardoner's Tale; and Purity
_Seminar 8: The Incestuous Family Romance
- The Man of Law's Tale
- The Reeve's Tale; and Chaucer's Fabliaux
- The Merchant's Tale
This module is at CQFW Level 6