Heroes and Villains: Introduction to Medieval Literature
Heroes and Villains: Introduction to Medieval Literature 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
Introduction to Medieval Literature offers students the opportunity to study a variety of Old English literature that is evocative of the intricate decoration on the Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon hoard; riddles, Old English battle poetry and The Dream of The Rood (taught in translation). In the second part of the module students will encounter Middle English drama, romance poetry and Chaucerian verse in its original language. The transition between the Old to the Middle English period will be analysed in terms of specific themes and motifs, such as the development from pagan Germanic heroism to Christian values. Chivalry, the comic and bawdy, and piety will be the main foci in the Middle English part of the course, explored through a range of poetry, prose, and drama. This module is an ideal ‘taster’ for the medieval literature modules available at levels two and three.
- Critically analyse literature from unfamiliar eras.
- Demonstrate basic skills in translating Middle English.
- Possess a basic knowledge of Middle English grammar and vocabulary.
- Relate Old and Middle English literature to its historic and cultural contexts.
- Write persuasively and concisely on a topic related to the module, in both assessed essay and exam contexts.