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The Medieval Imaginary - ENGL1018

Year - 2020

This unit introduces students to the literatures of the peoples who lived in the British Isles in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500). We will focus on the transformations of myth and legend in this period and study different medieval approaches to storytelling. In particular, we will explore how medieval writers imagined and re-imagined their societies in different cultural contexts. Starting with the Old English heroic poem Beowulf, students will read translations of early and late medieval poetry and prose. We will analyse medieval literature in society, intersections between history and the imagination, the treatment of gender roles and relations, and Christian influences on 'pagan' stories, among other issues.

Classes
2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week

Assessment
1x1000wd Close Reading Task (20%), 1x1500wd Research Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take-Home Exercise (40%)

Prohibitions

ENGL2657

Details

Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

24 Feb 2020

Department/School: English
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
Location
Camperdown
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