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Information for 2024-25 academic year

Module description

This module will study a number of works of medieval and early modern literature in the context of contemporary beliefs and historical and social developments. The module will be taught by means of lectures on the historical, cultural and critical context; seminars to discuss particular texts; and (in weeks 2-5 of term 1 only) supplementary classes to help develop your skills in reading texts written in earlier forms of English.Works studied include: The Canterbury Tales; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Book of Margery Kempe; travel writing; poems by Sidney, Spenser, and Mary Wroth; and medieval and early modern drama.

Assessment

EN121 (first year students):

2000 word assessed essay (50%) + 2hr exam (50%). In the exam, students will write one essay (60% of the exam mark) and one commentary (40% of the exam mark).

Students will also complete a formative essay of 1800 words and a formative commentary (timed, in exam conditions).

EN2J5 (intermediate year students):

3000 word assessed essay (50%) + 2hr exam (50%). In the exam, students will write one essay (60% of the exam mark) and one commentary (40% of the exam mark).

Students will also complete a formative essay of 2000 words and a formative commentary (timed, in exam conditions).

EN3J5 (final year students):

4000 word assessed essay (50%) + 2hr exam (50%). In the exam, students will write one essay (60% of the exam mark) and one commentary (40% of the exam mark).

Students will also complete a formative essay of 2500 words and a formative commentary (timed, in exam conditions).