MEDIEVAL WOMEN’S WRITING - 2022/3
Module code: ELI3056
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This module explores the centrality of texts written by and for medieval women to both the history of medieval literature and to women’s literary history. Students will be introduced to a range of works written for and about women in England between the 11th and 15th centuries and will examine in detail the major female authors writing from the 12th to the 15th centuries, such as the courtly writer Marie de France, the English woman mystic Julian of Norwich, and the visionary Margery Kempe. Texts will be read either in Middle English or in modernized versions, or (in the case of texts written in the French of the English, in translation). The module will explore a range of literary forms and genres, including saints’ lives, romance and lais, mystical and visionary writing and women’s letters. Students will be asked to critically analyse and/or engage creatively with the texts, paying attention to their linguistic, literary, religious and socio-historical contexts and focusing on issues such as antifeminism, social hierarchies, literacy, multingualism and multi-culturalism, and gender and sexuality.
School of Literature and Languages
WATT Diane (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: Q320
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Week 1: Introduction: Medieval Women’s Writing then and now
Week 2: Exemplary Lives
Week 3: Courtly Literature
Week 4: Anchoritic Literature
Week 5: Anchoritic Literature
Week 6: Radical Theology 1
Week 7: Radical Theology 2
Week 8: Visionary Women 1
Week 9: Visionary Women 2
Week 10: Women’s Letters
Week 11: Tutorials
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Critical Essay (3000 words) OR Creative Portfolio or Piece (2400 words) plus Critical Commentary (600 words)||100|
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 to assess professional/practical skills in communicating ideas orally and transferable skills in working individually and collaboratively. It also assesses subject knowledge relating to formal, contextual, critical, and theoretical approaches to the study of medieval women’s writing. Seminars also assess cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and in the analysis of literary form and language. The 3000-word critical essay assesses subject knowledge relating to the close analysis of form, meaning and language, as well as cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking, and professional/practical skills in communicating ideas in writing. It also assesses subject knowledge relating to formal, contextual, critical, and theoretical approaches to the study of medieval women’s writing. The 3000-word essay further assesses transferable skills, namely the ability to conduct research for written work in an organised and critical fashion and to develop and communicate imaginative and rigorous arguments. The 2400-word creative portfolio and 600-word critical commentary encourages the development of students’ skills in creative writing (prose fiction, drama and/or poetry) and their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, as well as in terms of other creative writing in the field. Productive and informed critical reflection on both the literary writing itself and the secondary material that surrounds it will provide a context for their creative writing on themes related to developments in the literary and creative industries.
The summative assessment for this module consists of:
• A critical essay (3000 words) or
• A creative portfolio (2400 words) + critical commentary (600 words) Formative assessment and feedback Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussion and tutor feedback in seminars.
- • Develop students’ understanding of medieval women’s writing in the context of its linguistic, historical and religious context
- • Expand students knowledge of a range of literary forms and genres
- • Enable students to think critically about differences and similarities between the distant past the present day
- • Encourage students to develop their own writing styles and abilities in the light of or by engaging with medieval women’s writing
|001||Recognise the cultural importance of medieval women’s writing||K|
|002||Demonstrate critical thinking and engagement with scholarship on medieval women’s writing||C|
|003||Analyse key issues challenged by medieval women’s writing|
|004||Communicate orally in group discussion and in written form in the written assessment|
|005||Work individually and as part of the group||PT|
|006||Develop a creative project connected to one of the strands of medieval women’s writing explored in this module and facilitate critical reflection on the creative process [Creative Writing students]|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Seminar Hours: 22
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. The delivery of the module through two-hour seminars places an emphasis on student-led learning, and enables students to develop their skills in analysing, communicating, and debating ideas. The module content is research-led and asks students to develop a sophisticated understanding of formal, contextual, critical, and theoretical approaches to the study of medieval women’s writing literature. This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Levels 6 and 7, is designed to develop subject knowledge through two-hour seminars and to develop transferable and professional skills, with an emphasis on sophisticated student-led involvement, critical analysis and discussion.
The learning and teaching methods include:
• 2-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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature BA (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||2||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 2022/3 academic year.