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EL45WH: ALL FOR ONE: THE POLITICS OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP IN LITERATURE (2021-2022)

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Course Overview

This course focuses on the emphasis on sameness in conceptions of love and friendship within medieval and early modern literature, exploring its implications for the history of sexuality, and its impact on political ideology.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • English (EL)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

'One soul in two bodies': Michel de Montaigne's definition of friendship reflects a cultural preference for sameness that informs medieval and early modern literature. This course explores the significance of the privileging of sameness in conceptions of love and friendship, its implications for the history of sexuality, and its impact on political ideology. No prior knowledge of medieval language is necessary: modern English translations will be provided. Texts may include Amis and Amiloun; Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde; Marlowe, Edward II; Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam. 


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 27 - 35, 39

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Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 35
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 45
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Feedback Word Count 3500
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Project

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandKnowledge and Understanding of the historical context shaping conceptions and representations of love, friendship, desire, and sex in medieval and early modern writing.
ProceduralApplyRead and appreciate a selection of medieval and early modern texts and engage with critical debates concerning medieval and early modern practices of love and friendship.
ReflectionCreateAbility to think and speak about medieval and early modern writing using appropriate techniques and terminology. An ability to discuss complex issues with clarity and cogency
ProceduralEvaluateAble to: discuss complex issues with clarity and cogency, both orally and in writing; write clearly, succinctly, grammatically, and idiomatically; organise study time effectively
ProceduralUnderstandAbility to demonstrate a critical understanding of key issues in modern theoretical approaches to desire, friendship, and sexuality in contributions to discussion, oral presentations, and written work
ReflectionAnalyseAn ability to reflect critically on conceptions and representations of love, desire, and friendship in medieval and early modern literature, in speech and writing.

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