Text and Image in Medieval England

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 19636

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

This module explores the correlations between textual and visual representation in England from c1250-c1540. Students begin by approaching late-medieval visual representation through consideration of the relation between text and image in some late medieval manuscripts, including works by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate. The focus then moves to relations between literary narrative and non-manuscript art as found in wall painting, stained glass, and sculpture. Individual topics are tailored to students' interests but might include: poetic self-representation, class and status; drama, carnival and obscenity; the treatment of Jews and other minorities; death and morality; gender and spiritual experience. The requires some prior knowledge of reading ME texts (for example,the Writing Society module) but students are not required to have a background in art history.