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EL40WH: ALL FOR ONE: THE POLITICS OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN LITERATURE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 14 Apr 2017 10:20


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 First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Either English (EL) (Passed) or Literature In A World Context (LW)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

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. 

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Essay (2,500 words) (35%), Essay (3,500 words) (45%), Presentation (10%) and Seminar participation (10%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Students will receive prompt oral feedback in seminars, and will receive formal written feedback on essays within three weeks of submission.

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