MONSTERS, MYSTICS AND DEMONS - 2018/9

Module code: ELI2037

Module Overview

This module explores a range of literary texts produced in England at the end of the Middle Ages, paying particular attention to issues of language, gender, social status, travel, and religion. It explores the relationship between the self and the other, focusing on ideas of perfection and monstrosity, and the divine and the demonic.   The module explores three interrelated themes that speak to the historical, social, and religious contexts of late Medieval English literature: 1) Monstrous Masculinities and Femininities 2) Travellers’ Tales: Encountering the Other and 3) Visions of Another Order. In addition to the set primary texts, students will examine relevant examples from historical texts and visual that help to further illuminate these three thematic strands.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MORGAN AL Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: Q321

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 60

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None. This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the departmental exchange coordinator.

Module content

Weeks 1: Introduction

Introduction to the medieval period

 

Weeks 2-4: Monstrous Masculinities and Femininities

Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

 

Weeks 5-7: Travellers’ Tales: Encountering the Other

The Book of Margery Kempe

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

 

Weeks 8-10: Visions of Another Order

The Revelations of Julian of Norwich

Pearl

 

Week 11: Revision and Conclusion

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY (2500 WORDS) 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

 

Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills in working as part of a group and practical/professional skills in expressing ideas and critical analysis in oral communication. It also assesses subject knowledge in the focus on medieval literature, translation and the history of the language and in the different forms of critical theory used in English literature and cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and in using theory in the close reading of literary texts.

 

The essay assesses subject knowledge in medieval literature and culture and cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and the close reading of literary texts. It also assesses practical/professional skills in expressing ideas and critical analysis in written communication and transferable skills in working independently.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Essay (2500 words)

 

Formative assessment and feedback

Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar.

 

Students receive both written feedback and verbal feedback in tutorials that informs the final summative assessment, i.e. the essay.

Module aims

  • This module aims to deepen and expand students' understanding of:
  • A range of late medieval English poetry and prose;
  • Key historical, social and religious contexts for understanding late medieval literature;
  • Middle English and the history of the English Languages;
  • A range of genres in late medieval literature, including romance, devotional literature and visionary writing.
  • This module aims to develop and strengthen students' skills in:
  • Reading and translating Middle English;
  • Close reading, analysis, and critical thinking;
  • Oral and written communication;
  • Independent work and group work in seminars;
  • Time management through assignment submission and revision planning.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe and analyse significant historical, social and religious contexts of late medieval English literature, and connect these changes to relevant textual features KC
002 Critically compare and analyse translations of Middle English texts, and connect these to developments in the history of the English Language KC
003 Understand and analyse an array of literary texts with an awareness of and engagement with critical materials and cultural artefacts KC
004 Describe and analyse a range of different genres of late medieval literature KC
005 Use critical and contextual material in relation to close textual analysis and critical thinking KC
006 Communicate orally in class discussions and in written form in the Critical Commentary Exercise CT
007 Work both individually and as part of a group PT
008 Plan and implement timetables for assignment deadlines PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/ analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical, and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge through an overview of medieval literature, and develop cognitive/analytical skills in analysing literature and its historical and intellectual contexts. The weekly seminars involve student-led discussions that develop cognitive/analytical skills in analysing literature and its historical, social and religious contexts and  involve group translation and commentary work that deliver subject knowledge through close reading and linguistic analysis. The seminars also develop skills in communication and in working individually and as part of a group as well as providing students with instruction on planning and implementing timetables for work and on presenting ideas coherently under time constraints

This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at Level 5, is designed to continue the delivery of subject knowledge through lectures and SurreyLearn and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills, with a greater emphasis on student-led involvement, critical analysis, discussion and rhetorical ability.

The learning and teaching methods include:


1-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
1-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for MONSTERS, MYSTICS AND DEMONS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eli2037

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.