You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.
You will receive guidance and support in the writing of your summative essay in the following ways:
- Refresher workshop on essay-writing skills: Weds 18th November, Teaching Grid, 1.00 - 2.30 pm (second-year students); 2.45 – 4.15 pm (final-year students). This is OPTIONAL
- One hour in the module programme will be devoted to a discussion / workshop on the assessment for the module.
- Students submitting summative work in term 2 will receive feedback on their work in week 7 of term 2, and students submitting summative work in term 3 will receive feedback on it in week 7 of term 3. All marks received at this stage will be provisional. Please note that you are welcome to come and see me in my office hours to discuss your performance once you have received the feedback for your assessed work.
You should note that in the examination for this module, you will not be permitted to answer a question relating to material on which you have submitted an assessed essay.
Assessed Essay Titles:
- Combative Poetics: Polemical Strategies in [specify at least two substantive texts you have read for this module, e.g. Ronsard’s Discours, Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Tragiques (2 books), Belleau’s Dictamen, the Satyre menippée. You may also include Erasmus and/or Rabelais, or pamphlets you have sourced yourself.]
- Gender and Violence in [specify at least one substantive text you have read for this module as your primary focus. You may refer to other materials if you wish.]
- Kings and Queens: The Monarchical Image in [specify at least two texts you have read for this module. You may bring in other materials if you wish].
- Justifying Violence: Rebellion, Repression and Defense in [specify at least one substantive text you have read for this module as your primary focus. You may refer to other materials if you wish.]
- Popular vs. Elite Culture in French Renaissance Literature. Discuss with reference to two or more works you have read for this module [Specify which. You may refer to other materials if you wish.]
- Can historical fiction really teach us anything about the French Wars of Religion? Discuss with reference to Patrice Chéreau’s La Reine Margot and/or Robert Merle’s Fortunes de France, vol. 1.
- You may also craft your own title, around a theme that interests you (e.g. the notion of the politiques, irenism…). Please think carefully about the scope of the question/title, and of the body of text(s) or sources that you will be discussing. You MUST seek the module tutor’s approval of a title you have devised yourself or in discussion with the tutor.
- The topics of the two assessed essays must be sufficiently distinct and represent good coverage of the module (T1 and T2) between them.