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FR5010
Reading Medieval French
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr G Hesketh

Pre-requisite(s): Some prior knowledge of Modern French is assumed

The course will be based on a close study of extracts from authentic texts. It will consider the spelling problems these texts present, and suggest strategies for using Old French dictionaries. It will also make a systematic study of the morphological and syntactic structures displayed in the texts, and any general lexical problems they embody. Each week there will be exercises designed to reinforce students' understanding, mostly involving translation from Old French into English, but sometimes translating from English into Old French. Initially the course will look at "Classical" Old French, but it will later introduce texts written in the major literary dialects, and from earlier and later periods, as appropriate.

10 one-hour seminars (1 per week for 10 weeks)

100% Continuous Assessment: practical exercises in translation (66%); bibliographic project (34%).

FR5011
Encounters: Literature and Thought
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor M Syrotinski

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students

This course provides a theoretical foundation for comparative literature and thought in two complementary ways:
1) the analysis of a series of case studies in cross-cultural traffic of ideas and of cultural forms;
2) the study of key theoretical accounts of cultural encounter, translation and transfer, cultural hospitality and alterity.
These questions are addressed in a range of European and postcolonial contexts, through the close analysis of texts available for study either in the original or in English translation, as befits the academic background of individual students.

2 two-hour seminars per week

Essay (90%); presentation (10%)

FR5515
Courtly Love in Medieval French Literature
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M A Jubb

Pre-requisite(s): FR5006 (Reading Medieval French) or demonstrable proficiency in reading medieval French

Co-requisite(s): At least 40 further credits' worth of elective courses.

The course will begin with an introduction to the phenomenon of courtly love in its social and cultural context. It will then proceed to a detailed examination of selected texts, including a selection from : 'Treatise on love' by Andreas Capellanus; lyric poetry; 'lais' by Marie de France; 'Erec et Enide' by Chretien de Troyes; 'Roman de la Rose' (Part I by Guillaume de Lorris).

10 one-hour seminars (1 per week for 10 weeks).

100% Continuous Assessment: essay (2,500 - 3,000 words)(66%); bibliographic project (34%)

FR5516
Humour in Medieval France
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Glynn Hesketh

Pre-requisite(s):

x

100% continuous assessment: 2,500 - 3,000 word essay (66%); bibliographic project (34%)

FR5517
The Crusades in Medieval French Literature
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Margaret Jubb

Pre-requisite(s):

x

100% continuous assessment: 2,500 - 3,000 word essay (66%); bibliographic project (34%)

FR5518
Comparative Imperialisms
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Michael Syrotinski

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students

This course examines the relationship between writing, memory and identity, focusing in particular on the following core topics: theory and practice of autobiography and testimony; questions of gender, sexuality and ethnicity; psychoanalytic theories and approaches.
These questions are addressed in a range of European and postcolonial contexts, through the close analysis of texts available for study either in the original or in English translation, as befits the academic background of individual students.

1 two-hour seminar per week

Continuous assessment: Essay 1 50%, Essay 2 50%

FR5901
Dissertation in Comparative Literature and Thought
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Professor M Syrotinski

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to registered postgraduate students

Each student will be required to research and write a 15000-word dissertation on a topic and in an area approved by the Programme Coordinator, and under the guidance of their appointed supervisor.

Specific arrangements are a matter for negotiation between supervisor and supervisee. There should be regular meetings throughout the period of supervision; typically, these would be fortnightly meetings totalling an average of 12 contact hours.

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment : 15,000-word dissertation 100%
Resit: Not normally applicable