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ELIT 273 Medieval and Renaissance Literature

This course introduces students to the study of Medieval and Renaissance literary texts, and to some of the key genres and historical and cultural contexts of Medieval and Renaissance literature in English. Using thematic and/or chronological approaches, the course will also question both periodising labels and some of the common assumptions about the two periods and their literature. Themes to be explored may include the following: monsters and villains; Medieval and Renaissance varieties of love; the problem of the epic; pastoral; romance; humanism; the Reformation; manuscript and print cultures; and the discovery of new worlds. By the end of this course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate both a capacity to engage critically with the key course texts, and an understanding of significant social, political, and literary characteristics of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5, Prerequisite: ELIT 139 or ELIT 164 or ELIT 222.

Autumn Semester (Jonathan Coleman Williams)

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