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GM3073   The Mediaeval Short Story

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

First coming to prominence over the course of the thirteenth century, medieval German short stories were frequently humorous, at times grotesque tales filled with wayward children, bickering lovers, cross-dressing knights, cannibalism, and general mayhem. These fantastic and occasionally horrifying stories explore and problematize the anxieties of medieval culture, freely engaging and satirizing issues of class, morality, gender and religion. This module introduces students to the genre and its key topics, with a focus on some of the earliest masters of the short story form: Konrad von Würzburg, Wernher der Gärtner, and the poet known as der Stricker.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of the german honours adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5 hour-seminar and 1 surgery hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 30

Guided independent study hours: 120

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

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

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


Module coordinator: Dr C L Miller
Module teaching staff: Dr C Miller