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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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
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'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.
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1st Attempt: Essay (2,500 words) (35%), Essay (3,500 words) (45%), Presentation (10%) and Seminar participation (10%)
Students will receive prompt oral feedback in seminars, and will receive formal written feedback on essays within three weeks of submission.