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EN4312   Authorising English: Society, Gender and Religion in Late Medieval English Literature

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm Mon

The module examines the literature composed in England during the later Middle Ages with an emphasis on the years around 1400 - a period in which ideas of 'English literature' and the 'English language' can be seen under construction. The module offers an introduction to the genres of Middle English literature (particularly lyric poetry, romance and mystical writing). And it examines the interrelationship between textual practice and the cultural processes that generated imaginative writing. Special attention will be paid to the preoccupation of authors with a world which they saw as moving towards moral, political and religious complexity and uncertainty. Also to be explored will be the implication in turbulent ideological debate of the use of English in texts many of which are written for laypeople and women (Group A)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 256

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr Ian Johnson (IRJ)