Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Raluca Radulescu
Overall aims and purpose
This module will aim to help students achieve 1. A sophisticated understanding of the concepts and textual discussion of Arthurian myth and legend in the medieval period, and of the conditions in which the texts were produced. 2. An informed critical understanding of selected authors and anonymous works. 3. A sophisticated understanding of differing critical approaches to the set medieval texts, including issues of authorship and textual transmission.
This module will explore the Arthurian myth and legend from its inception through to the end of the Middle Ages, while paying attention to the way the story was shaped in different centuries, socio-political contexts, as well as material culture – the manuscript and printed editions. The module will offer the postgraduates on the MA in Arthurian Literature a solid foundation for the continuation of their course, while giving others, who choose this module as an option, an insight into the origins and development of Arthurian themes in early literature. There will be ample time during the semester for the postgraduates to shape and develop their own enquiries of the subject.
50-59% A Pass (C) candidate’s work will show many of the following qualities: • A satisfactory level of knowledge, analysis and expression. • Some familiarity with, and understanding of, relevant theoretical issues. • Generally sound organisation of argument, with some critical ability. • Accurate expression. • Competent use of quotation and references.
60-69% A (B) candidate’s work reaching Merit will show many of the following qualities: • An advanced level of factual knowledge. • Significant [substantial] knowledge of relevant theories and types of analysis. • Some evidence of original thought. • The ability to organise and argue effectively, make balanced judgements, and demonstrate critical thought. • Fluent and accurate expression. • Competent use of quotation and references.
70% and above Typically, the work of a (A) candidate reaching Distinction will show many of the following qualities: • Thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant theories and types of analysis. • Thorough knowledge of a range of sources and the capacity to engage these critically. • Introduction and discussion of original ideas. • Relevant, well-organised and sophisticated argument. • High ratio of analysis to exposition. • Maturity, clarity and cogency of expression. • Excellent handling of quotation and references.
understand and discuss critically the selected course set texts.
consider differing critical attitudes to course set texts and be able to reflect this in their writing.
show an awareness of the interrelationships of text, context, authorship and textual transmission.
Show the advanced skills of presentation and referencing pertaining to PGT level.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
11 x 2 hour seminar weekly.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Resource implications for students
none unless the students want to own their own primary texts.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- Q3AB: MA Arthurian Literature year 1 (MA/ALI)
Optional in courses:
- Q3AJ: Diploma Creative Writing (English) year 1 (DIP/CWE)
- Q3AC: Diploma English year 1 (DIP/E)
- V9AB: Diploma Medieval Studies year 1 (DIP/MS)
- Q5AQ: MA The Celts year 1 (MA/CEL)
- Q3AK: MA Creative Writing (English) year 1 (MA/CWE)
- V9AC: MA Medieval Studies year 1 (MA/MS)
- Q2W9: MArts English Literature with Creative Writing year 4 (MARTS/ELCW)
- Q320: MArts English Literature year 4 (MARTS/ELIT)