|Module Title||MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE WRITING|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Claire E Jowitt|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol M Marshall, Professor Diane Watt, Mrs Julie A Roberts, Mr Malte Urban, Mr Michael J Smith, Miss Rebecca L Lindner, Mr Stephan Schmuck|
|Pre-Requisite||EN10320 , EN10420|
|Course delivery||Lecture||30 Hours 30 x 1 hour lectures|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 Hours 10 x 1 hour seminars|
1. to introduce students to a range of writing in a variety of genres from the late-medieval period the period from 1580 to 1630;
2. to locate this writing in the literary, socio-historical and cultural contexts in which it was produced and read;
3. to encourage students to reflect critically on the texts chosen for special study;
4. to encourage students to explore the relations between literary texts and between texts and their contexts;
5. to encourage students to familiarize themselves with recent critical debates about the writing of these periods.
Strand 1: Late medieval texts (1380-1430)
Lectures will focus on Gender, Power and Romance in the Later Middle Ages (Chaucer, 'The Canterbury Tales': The 'A-fragment'; 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight') and Devotion and Drama in the Later Middle Ages (Margery Kempe and Women Visionaries; Selected Mystery Plays)
Strand 2: Renaissance poetry (1580-1630)
Lecture topics will be related to 'Renaissance Literature: An Anthology' (Blackwell 2003)
Strand 3: Plays from the years 1580-1630
Lectures will focus on Spectacles of State (Christopher Marlowe, 'Tamburlaine' Parts I and II; William Shakespeare, 'Henry IV Part I'; Shakespeare, 'Coriolanus'); Public Worlds/Private Spaces (John Webster, 'The Duchess of Malfi'; Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, 'The Changeling')
Lectures and seminars
The lectures (three per week) are arranged in three independent but thematically interwoven strands (1-3 above). Strand 1 will run throughout the semester (1 lecture per week) in parallel with strand 2 and 3 which will run sequentially (Strand 2 will be two lectures per week in weeks 1-5, strand 3 will be 2 lectures per week in weeks 6-10). The weekly seminar will provide opportunities to discuss texts from all three strands. Each seminar tutor will present a seminar programme including texts from each of the strands.
Assessment is by one x 2,500 word essay on poetry from the years 1580-1630 (strand 2); and by a three-hour, two question examination paper. In the essay, students will be expected to demonstrate some breadth of reading (as explained in the rubric of the question paper). In the examination, students will be expected to answer one question from the two remaining strands: (1) late medieval texts from the years 1380-1430, and (3) plays from the years 1580-1630. At least one examination answer should involve comparison of two or more texts. The essay will contribute 25% of the module mark and the examination will contribute 75%.
This module is at CQFW Level 6