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FR4117   Politics, Propaganda and Mythmaking in Medieval France

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The boundaries between fact and fiction, history and fantasy in medieval texts are notoriously difficult to determine. In our own so-called 'post-truth' age, it has never been more relevant to think about the processes by which tales, people, and events become texts and gain authority, about mythmaking and literary production as political, and the Middle Ages is no exception. This module consequently focuses upon how medieval writers use and adapt narratives of past and present for political ends. It explores both the role of literature in the encoding of ideologies and the use of history to establish familial power and authority. Covering epic battles, tragic deaths, the supernatural, and questions of gender, the set texts give students the chance to explore how foundation legends and origin myths are constructed; how they legitimise contemporary rulers; and how literary texts are not only a reflection of the world but may exert influence through the creation of political fictions.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass FR2202

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 seminar (x 11 weeks), 1 podcast training workshop (x 1 week) and options module surgery hour (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: New Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr V Turner