MA Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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MDVLG003 Comparative History of Medieval Literature

May also be taken in conjunction with 15 credit MDVLG091 Skills and Sources: Comparative Medieval Literature - MARS STUDENTS ONLY)

Dr Catherine Keen

Credits: 30

Timetable: TBC

This module is designed to break down barriers between disciplines and departments. It is suitable for historians who want to learn how to use the evidence of literature with the same attention to the structure of their source as they would give to more conventional classes of historical evidence; for vernacular specialists who want to get to know the literature of languages which they have not studied; and for medievalists looking for an informed appreciation of the remarkable range of medieval literary forms, from Icelandic Sagas to Dante's Divine Comedy.

Assessment: 2 X 3-4,000 word essays 

Preparatory reading:

  • David Wallace (ed.). The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature. Cambridge, 1999.
  • Ernst Robert Curtius. European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages. London, 1953 and numerous editions since.
  • Francisco Rico (ed.). Historia y crítica de la literatura española, 9 vols. Barcelona, 1980-92. Vol I:  Edad Media, ed. A. D. Deyermond.
  • A. D. Deyermond. A Literary History of Spain: The Middle Ages. London, 1971.
  • Richard North (ed.). Beowulf and Other Stories: An Introduction to Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman Literature. Harlow, 2007.
  • Simon Gaunt and Sarah Kay (eds). The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature. Cambridge, 2008.
  • Sarah Kay, Terence Cave and Malcolm Bowie. A Short History of French Literature. Oxford, 2003.
  • The Cambridge History of Italian Literature, eds Peter Brand and Lino Pertile. 2nd ed. Cambridge, 1999. Chapters 4: Dante (Lino Pertile) and 5: Boccaccio (Pamela Stewart).

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