MA Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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The Medieval English Book


Credits: 30 or 45*

*This course can be taken with MDVLGE11 'Skills and Sources: Medieval English Book' (15 credits)

Course tutors: Richard North, Marilyn Corrie and others, English Department.
Time: Mondays 11-1, term 1, Wednesdays 2-4, term 2
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the variety of skills required to read and interpret medieval manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon period to the fifteenth century. Using important examples of books containing poetry and prose, students will be taught to read medieval handwriting, and how books were constructed and produced. The second strand of the course will include broader social and literary issues concerning medieval books such as patronage and ownership; readership, both male and female; the changing role of scribes and illuminators both in making books and helping to fashion assumptions about reading and interpretation; genre; and locality. By providing a range of material from the Anglo-Saxon period to the later Middle Ages, students will have the opportunity to compare books across both periods while still receiving specialised tuition on each. Old English will be studied in one term and Middle English in the other. Some prior knowledge of Old English or Middle English literature, but not both, is required for the course.


MDVLGE06 Medieval English Book  - assessment amended to 2 x 5,000 word essays (100%) 

MDVLGE11 Skills and Sources: Medieval English Book - assessed by oral

examination and written transcription as an in-class test (one-hour, 100%)

View TERM 1 seminar schedule (2014/15)

View TERM 2 seminar schedule (to be added)

Download summer preliminary reading list

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