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EN121 - Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

  • Module code: EN121
  • Module name: Medieval to Renaissance English Literature
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will study a number of works of medieval and renaissance English literature in the context of contemporary beliefs and historical and social developments. The module will be taught by means of language classes (first term only) to introduce students to Middle English; lectures on the historical, cultural and critical context; and seminars to discuss particular texts.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should have: 1. Acquired skill in reading Middle English and some understanding of the structure and history of the English language; 2. Acquired some knowledge of Medieval English literature (especially the work of Chaucer and his contemporaries), society and culture; 3. Become aware of the forms and metres of English poetry in preparation for future modules; 4. Obtained some knowledge of sixteenth-century English poetry and its intellectual and social context; 5. Acquired some knowledge of the Christian, classical and continental literary background of English renaissance literature; 6. Improved your skills in textual analysis and essay-writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

Translation Classes (weeks 2 - 5, term 1 only), Weekly lecture and lectures seminar

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/first/en121

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN121-30)
B (Examination only) 3-hour examination (1st yr students only) 100%
D (Assessed/examined work) 1st 3000-word essay (honours level students only) 30%
  2nd 3000-word essay (honours level students only) 30%
  1.5hr examination (honours level students only) 40%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Classics and English (QQ37) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and German Literature (QR32) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and Italian Literature (QR33) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and Hispanic Studies (QR34) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and German (QR37) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and Italian (QR38) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and French (QR3A) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate English and History (VQ32) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 1
Optional
  • Undergraduate English and History (VQ32) - Year 1