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EL40DT: DAUGHTERS OF CIRCE: ACRASIA, CLEOPATRA, EVE (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

Renaissance literature is full of temptress and enchantress figures from classical epic and medieval romance, refashioned to reflect the desires and anxieties of the early modern world. The course explores the development of this archetype, showing the psychological, religious and political concerns it encodes, and its power as an artistic motif in works by Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton and others. You will study a mixture of poetry and prose and examine works by three great early modern writers, in light of renaissance poetics, 'psychology' and politics, and the theories of language and the imagination which they encapsulate and transform.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Helen Lynch

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

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

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?

No

Course Description

Renaissance literature is full of temptress and enchantress figures drawn from classical epic and medieval romance, refashioned to reflect the desires and anxieties of the early modern world. The course explores the development of this archetype, showing the psychological, religious and political concerns it encodes, and its power as an artistic motif in works by Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton and others. It enables students to study a mixture of poetry and prose and to examine works by three great early modern writers, across several genres, in light of renaissance poetics, 'psychology' and politics, and of the theories of language and the imagination which they both encapsulate and transform.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour examination (40%), in-course assessment: 3000 word essay (40%), presentation (10%); and seminar work (10%) For honours students only: candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.

Formative Assessment

Students will be given the opportunity of finding out how well they have performed in seminars as an ongoing feature of the learning process. Formative assessment will be given to students individually upon request.

Feedback

Written feedback will be provided through standard departmental feedback forms as attached to all essays, with oral feedback in seminars and in response to student queries.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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