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

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SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) OR English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) AND Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024) AND Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025) OR Scottish Literature 2A (ENLI08022) AND Scottish Literature 2B (ENLI08023) OR English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) AND Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. has been introduced to the diversity of medieval literature through exemplary focus on the women and the idea of the feminine
  2. has been introduced to literature composed in late medieval Scots and English, and to a range of European texts taught in translation
  3. has developed 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
  4. analyse the representation of the female subject in erotic and religious literature
  5. explore the work of British and European women writers in the genres of romance and fable; prose polemic; mystical writing; and erotic lyric.
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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 Class Delivery Information Seminar: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks; plus attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for 1 hour a week - at time to be arranged
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Course organiserDr Sarah Dunnigan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8304
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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