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Course Overview

An introduction to late medieval-literature, challenging modern assumptions about the medieval and exploring the diverse range of medieval literary culture, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to the autobiographical narrative of Margery Kempe and surprising profanity of medieval lyric.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • English (EL)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course offers an introduction to late-medieval literature, challenging modern assumptions about the nature of the 'medieval' and introducing a variety of texts from the popular to the courtly and from the sacred to the (very) profane. Students will become familiar with Medieval language and be introduced to themes and genres ranging from romance, narrative verse, drama, and woman’s writing to lyric verse. The course will also examine the cultural influence of the medieval in modern literature, and the concept of medievalism.

Further Information & Notes

Set Texts: The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1: The Medieval Period (3rd edition) ISBN: 978-1-55481-202-8 (The key difference between earlier editions and this is in texts included online as expansion, so you may use an earlier edition if you wish to save money)

Patience Agbabi, Telling Tales (2014)

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Two 2500 word essays (40% each), project (10%) seminar work (10%).

Resit: Essay Submission (3,000 words) (100%).

Formative Assessment

Throughout the course students will be encouraged to ask for formative assessment from the tutor on their achievements. Individual and group discussions with the tutor will also give students a chance to develop their undertanding of what is asked of them and how they can produce this.


Detailed written feedback on the essays. Detailed oral feedback on the presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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