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EN4316   Courtly Literature in Middle English

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Tue and 12.00 noon Thu

This module explores the idea of 'courtly literature' through detailed study of some of the most influential poems in Middle English. Alongside Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, students might read works such as Gower's Confessio Amantis, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or The Floure and the Leafe. The aim of the module is to study fewer, larger texts in greater depth, allowing students to get to grips with the depth and complexity of these canonical works and the literary-critical issues they raise. A central critical issue to be explored is the heated modern debate over the notion of 'courtly love'. (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 lecture and 1 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 Rhiannon Purdie (RP6)