Postgraduate taught 

English Language & Linguistics MSc

Medieval English Literature 1 (PGT) ENGLANG5101

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

In this Masters course, students will have the opportunity to explore literary texts from the fourteenth century, when English literature exploded into life. The texts selected will be contextualised within their cultural and social milieux and will include poetry by Chaucer and his contemporaries. The course will engage with current critical themes and concerns, such as authorship, patronage, gender, piety, personal identity, historicism, legend, medievalism, audience and readership.

Timetable

10 x 2 hours (1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

This course may be taught in conjunction with ENGLANG4041, as scheduled on MyCampus.

 

This is one of the MSc options for English Language & Linguistics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG4041

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (3,000 words) - 50%

Text identification exercise with translation and commentary (1,000 words) - 25%

In-class text identification, translation and commentary test (90 minutes duration) - 25%

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ gain the specialist skills to translate English texts from the Middle English period;

■ critically analyse and contextualise medieval English literature

■ reproduce, synthesize and critically assess literary developments in the Middle English period in the light of a range of contemporary theories and approaches

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ translate and comment on select passages of Middle English and Early Modern literary texts;

■ analyse and locate select texts within the culture, society and the linguistic and literary milieux in which they were produced;

■ critically assess a range of specialised theoretical approaches and analytical techniques available to and used by current critics and commentators in the interpretation of these texts.

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.