|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2 x 2,500 word essays||100%|
|Supplementary 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 the module, the student should typically be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the texts studied on the module;
2. demonstrate the ability to analyse the texts coherently in terms of the appropriate critical approaches offered on the module;
3. produce informed and well-argued written work that seeks to discuss the texts with reference to their historical and/or cultural contexts and relevant theoretical and/or critical debates.
Designed to extend the knowledge and develop the critical practices offered in Part One and the Part Two core course on medieval and renaissance writing, this module aims to encourage students to read Elizabethan texts in their historical and cultural contexts and to provide an understanding of current theories of the body.
This option closely examines a range of texts produced from 1558-1603 - narrative poetry, plays, psalms and sonnets - and looks at ways in which the discursive site of the body is used to construct identity in Elizabethan England.
_Week 1: Body Narratives. What is a/the body?
'Introduction' in Susanne Scholz, Body Narratives: Writing the Nation and Fashioning the Subject in Early Modern England, Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2000, pp. 1-12
_Week 2: England's Protestant Body
Arthur Golding: The myth of Narcissus from The XV. Bookes of P.Ovidius Naso, entitled Metamorphosis; Anon.: The fable of Ovid treting of Narcissus
_Week 3: Figuring Otherness
Marlowe: The Massacre at Paris
_Week 4: The Body Enclosed
_Week 5: Mid-term revision session
_Week 6: Engendering Bodies
Mary Sidney: The Tragedie of Antonie
_Week 7: The Erotic Body
Shakespeare: Venus and Adonis
_Week 8: The Ascetic Body
Philip and Mary Sidney: Psalmes
_Week 9: Death and Dismemberment
Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus
_Week 10: End of term revision session
This module is at CQFW Level 6