MA Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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Anglo-Saxon Court Culture

Code: MDVLGE07, (may be taken in conjunction with 15 credit MDVLGE97 Skills and Sources: Anglo-Saxon Court Culture - MARS STUDENTS ONLY)

Credits: 30

Module Tutors: Professor Susan Irvine and Professor Richard North

This module focuses on Old English literature and court culture, considering both works which were produced in connection with a particular court and works whose contents include representation of a court or courts. The module includes a study of some writings associated with Alfred's court at the end of the ninth century and also of poetry such as Beowulf (focusing on, for example, the courtly speeches and their ornate syntax and layers of meaning, and comparison and contrast of Hrothgar’s, Hygelac’s and Beowulf’s courts). Its approach allows students to engage closely with texts from a literary point of view and also to consider how historical, linguistic, and cultural issues bear in significant ways on the interpretation of Old English writings. Some prior knowledge of Old English is required for the module.

Assessment: 2 X 5,000 word essays

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