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Undergraduate Course: Feminising the Word: Woman and Medieval Literature C.1180 - C.1500 (ENLI10098)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course examines the idea of the female subject, and the literary, cultural, and intellectual roles of women in the period from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries in medieval Britain and Europe. The course is divided into two parts: the first explores how 'Woman' and the idea of the feminine is represented in a variety of medieval modes and genres; the second considers the actual writing of significant women writers. Through a series of detailed readings, students consider how different religious, cultural, and social conditions shaped the diversity of female creativity, and to reflect on whether it is possible to conceptualise a distinctive tradition of women's writing in medieval Europe.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004) OR American Literature 2 (ENLI08006))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To introduce students to the diversity of medieval literature through exemplary focus on the women and the idea of the feminine
To introduce students to literature composed in late medieval Scots and English, and to a range of Euroepan texts taught in translation
To develop understanding of the debates known as the querelle des femmes and the querelle de la rose, and some knowledge of the philosophical and intellectual background of 'antifeminism'; and of the ways in which antifeminist ideology is challenged both by imaginative literature and by the voice of a public female 'intellectual' such as Christine de Pisan
To analyse the representation of the female subject in erotic and religious literature
To explore the work of British and European women writers in the genres of romance and fable; prose polemic; mystical writing; and erotic lyric.
Assessment Information
1 essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 two-hour examination (75%)
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
1 essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature
Additional Information
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Sarah Dunnigan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8304
Course secretaryMrs Catherine Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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