SEL3383 : From the Black Death to the Tudors:Traditions and transformations in medieval literature
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr James Cummings
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module aims to give students the chance to develop detailed knowledge of a specialised area of Medieval Literature and to broaden their understanding of the wider themes and contexts, the conceptual and contextual approaches and the critical methods germane to the study of the literature of this period.
Outline Of Syllabus
This module will offer a specialised study of the literature of the period 1350-1500, a period which experienced the Black Death, the fall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors, the growth of religious dissent, the introduction of print and the expansion of literacy. A similar dynamism invests the period’s literature. The emergence of writers such as Chaucer, later dubbed the Father of English Poetry, the development of new genres such as the autobiography, and the self-conscious reworkings of older modes such as the Arthurian chivalric romance testify to the energy and innovation as well as the enduring significance of the literary culture which accompanied England's emergence as a centralised kingdom. The module will explore a variety of texts in a range of modes and genres composed in this period which may include court fictions, dream-visions, life-writing, fables, satires and didactic literature and examine how digital resources have enabled rich studies of medieval material culture. Themes and debates discussed may include how these writers respond creatively to new and old influences; how they explore the figure of the author and the reader; gender representations and persistent themes such as chivalry and honour, sin and innocence, and poverty and protest.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||70:00||70:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||14||1:00||14:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||84:00||84:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||10||1:00||10:00||Study Groups|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Seminars develop this knowledge and enable the practice of skills, namely close textual analysis and interpersonal communications. Study groups give students a chance to develop independent study and prepare for the seminars in terms that give them genuine ownership over the material.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||70||3,000 word essay|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The in-course exam/test will ask students to concentrate on particular passages and demonstrate skills in the translation of Middle English and/or close reading.
The end of module essay will ask students to write an evaluative essay.
Offering a mix of modes of assessment (close reading, translation, comparative/contextual analysis and/or a reading of a single text) ensures good coverage of the texts on the module, and the assessment will focus students upon detailed aspects of the material in terms that connect their ideas with the module’s broader thematic content.