Medieval and Early Modern 2: Historic and Critical Approaches ENGLIT5092

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Building upon the skills learnt in 'Medieval and Renaissance 1: From Medieval to Early Modern', this course introduces students to a range of historical and critical approaches to literature from this period. Topics may include religion, politics, translation, gender, and body and soul.  


2 hour seminar, weekly across 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





One mid-term essay (1,000 words) (20%)

One end of term essay (4,000 words) (80%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to current historical and theoretical perspectives on the period, including religion, politics, the body, revolution, Classical literature, and textuality.

■ Look in more detail at how these perspectives affect literary interpretation in the modern academy.  

■ Explore a number of key topics in detail to help develop student's independent research interests.

■ Introduce students to a diverse range of academic approaches to the period through exposure to the varied teaching team.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Reflect critically on a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives on medieval and early modern literature.

■ Hone their own distinct theoretical position as medievalists/early modernists.

■ Write clearly, concisely, and with apposite historical and literary judgement on a range of primary texts.

■ Communicate their ideas effectively and succinctly to their peers.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.