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|Assessment length / details
|Essay (5,000 words)
|Essay (5,000 words)
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a range of medievalisms.
Analyse the cultural work accomplished by 21st-century texts that take their inspiration from medieval texts and culture.
Engage with relevant theoretical approaches as appropriate.
Discuss examples of medievalism in a critically-informed, focussed, and structured manner.
This module explores a range of 21st-century texts that take their inspiration from medieval texts and culture. From Seamus Heaney’s oft-discussed translation of ‘Hwæt’ into ‘So’ in his Beowulf to Kazuo Ishiguro’s imagining of a post-Arthurian time of peace between Britons and Saxons, the Middle Ages have fostered a range of 21st-century medievalisms that articulate and explore the value and relevance of the medieval for early 21st-century culture and society. Between Heaney and Ishiguro, our journey through these medievalisms will have us accompany King Arthur to the gates of Rome, join a group of American tourists in Burma, witness a single mother struggle to raise her son in the hills above a US town, and get to know a range of British people—both contemporary and imagined-medieval—try desperately to negotiate the vagaries of life. These 21st-century medievalisms illustrate the continued currency and relevance of the Middle Ages, and in doing so they challenge us to reassess our beliefs and expectations.
Week 2: Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf
Week 3: Simon Armitage’s Death of King Arthur
Week 4: Fflur Dafydd’s The White Trail
Week 5: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant
Week 6: Maria Dahvana Headley’s The Mere Wife
Week 7: Amy Tan’s Saving Fish from Drowning
Week 8: Marilyn Nelson’s The Cachoeira Tales and Peter Ackroyd’s The Clerkenwell Tales
Week 9: James Meek’s To Calais, in Ordinary Time
Week 10: Review and Assessment Advice
|Application of Number
|Written: by expressing ideas in coherent ways. Oral: through class discussion and small group activities.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through independent and directed research and reading. By engaging with assessment feedback in order to raise attainment.
|By using word processing packages, using AberLearn Blackboard and other electronic resources, submitting assignment’s via Turnitin.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Through developing critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT, communication and research skills
|By evaluative analysis and the use of critical skills.
|By directed and independent research and the synthesizing of information in critically-evaluative ways.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Through the reading, writing and researching skills involved in the study of language change. Through the use of and understanding language change for analyses of literary texts.
|Students will have the opportunity to work in teams for some group activities.
This module is at CQFW Level 7