Resources and Methods for Medieval Literary Studies
This module introduces the key resources and methods used in working with original medieval literary sources. You will be introduced to the examination of medieval manuscript books and to the principles and practices of editing texts from manuscript. Classes in language study and transcription will support work on the original texts (you may focus on Old English or Middle English; undergraduate study or equivalent of the variety chosen will be required for registration on the module).
This module introduces the key bibliographical resources and methods used in working with secondary sources for medieval literature and culture.
Approaches to Medieval Studies
The aim of this module is to enable you to place your core literary studies in relation to approaches to the medieval past from a range of other disciplines (such as archaeology, history, other languages & literatures, art history, etc). You will compare and critically evaluate the different methods, foci and strengths of a range of disciplines concerned with the study of the Middle Ages and appraise the implications of these different approaches and theories to the interpretation of primary source material (such as manuscripts, coins and documents).
A Topic in Medieval Texts, Cultures and Societies
This module offers you opportunities to tackle problems and issues that are at the forefront of current research on medieval texts, cultures and societies. Working independently, but with the regular guidance and feedback of a supervisor, you will research and write an essay on a current problem or issue related to your chosen topic, selected in consultation with the supervisor. Generally subjects selected for study will be relevant to your proposed dissertation subject. Topics for which supervision is normally available include: Chaucer and Dante: Modern Receptions; Chaucer and Dante: Response, Reaction, Assimilation; Courtly and Popular Song in the Middle Ages; Editing the Medieval Text in the Electronic Age; History, Chronicle and Annal in the Middle Ages; Medieval English Romance; Medieval German Adaptations of French Literature; Medieval German Courtly Romance; Medieval German Epic; Piers Plowman: Manuscripts, Texts and Contexts; Symbolism and Allegory in the Middle Ages; Text and Image in the Middle Ages; Women and the Early Printed Book; Writing, Religion and Politics in Late Medieval England.
Carrying out research for and writing the 20,000 word dissertation gives you the opportunity to develop and put into practice what you have learned on the taught modules. The dissertation is due at the end of the programme and may form the foundation for a doctoral project, or it may serve as a free-standing piece of work. You work under the guidance of a supervisor or joint supervisors (for example, for an interdisciplinary project).