Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details
|Assessment length / details
|One x 2000 word essay
|2 Hours One x two-hour examination
|If resitting the oral examination, you should submit a script as if for presentation together with any handouts or copies of powerpoint slides and a short reflective piece on how this material would be used in a presentation. Make good any missing assessment elements and/or resubmit any failed coursework assignments (writing on a fresh topic) and/or sit the supplementatry examination paper.
|2 Hours Re-sit examination Re-sit examination
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate competence in the interpretation and analysis of a range of texts drawn from the period 1300-1800.
2. Demonstrate an informed awareness of appropriate historical contexts.
3. Discuss literary texts wtih sensitivity to issues of historical difference and continuity.
4. Demonstrate a basic competence in the construction and delivery of an oral presentation.
5. Relate their own arguments to current critical debate about particular texts.
The module seeks to develop students' knowledge and informed enjoyment of literature from the centuries before 1800, helping you to deal with the particular challenges that such texts pose for modern readers, and increasing your confidence in handling this rewarding material, much of which will be unfamiliar. Study of a closely linked set of romance narratives offers a gateway to the medieval period. Detailed analysis of a carefully chosen group of poems from the period 1500-1800 equips students with a set of necessary reading strategies that will help to open up an area that may initially seem strange and induce nerves. Intensive focus on a familiar Shakespeare play, 'Othello', allows you to explore the text from a variety of different historical and theoretical perspectives, enlarging the sense of what 'reading' a literary text might imply. Finally, concentration on a group of early eighteenth-century texts about women's experience both introduces this literary period and gives an opportunity to develop further key historical and theoretical concerns.
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales ('The Genera Prologue')
Week 3: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales ('The Knight's Tale')
Week 4: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales ('The Miller's Tale' and 'The Reeve's Tale')
Wek 5: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Week 6: Shakespeare, Othello
Week 7: The Cavalier Poets
Week 8: Centlivre, The Busybody
Week 9: Defoe, Moll Flanders
Week 10: Review and Exam Prep
|Application of Number
|Written - developing a sustained critical argument Oral - group discussions and seminar presentations
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Independent research and reading
|Use of word-processing packages, use of Blackboard adn other e-resources to research and access course documents and other materials
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT, communication and research skills
|Evaluative analysis and critical skills
|Independent research adn synthesizing information in an evaluative argument
|Subject Specific Skills
|Reading, writing and researching skills involved in the interrogation of literary texts, and the conceptual/theoretical analysis of works of imaginative literature in relation to a range of other non-literary texts.
|Group work in seminars and/or preparation of paired presentations for seminars
This module is at CQFW Level 4