Students who have completed this course will be capable of analysing complex medieval and early modern literary texts, and have an understanding of the interconnections between these texts and their broader contexts. They are capable of reporting on their reading experience in written English, while showing their grasp of the historical perspective. In order to achieve this goal, student attendance is compulsory.|
Overview of English literature from the early Middle Ages (449) to the death of Charles I (1649), within the context of a range of socio-cultural, historical and intellectual developments. A selection of Medieval texts such as "Beowulf", and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", as well as texts by Shakespeare, Philip Sidney, Christopher Marlowe, John Donne, Ben Jonson and others will be read. The texts will be discussed in relation to their immediate contexts and, in this way, a picture will be created of their complex interconnection.|
Early Exit option for international exchange students (5 ECTS)
Exchange students who are required to return to their home university before January, are allowed to choose an Early Exit option for this course. The Early Exit option means that students can finish the course before Christmas break, receiving 5 ECTS for the course. Students must make arrangements with the course coordinator at the start of the course.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
|CEFR levels: B2 for all skills.|
|Eng-The Sound Lab (EN1V13001); |
Eng-The Writers’ Lab (EN1V13002);
Eng- English Language & Linguistics for TCS (EN1V14002).
|Stephen Greenblatt, et al., eds., The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol. 1 (most recent edition).|
|William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice" (Penguin).|
AlgemeenLectures inform the student about the historical and cultural contexts of the medieval and early modern literary texts. The Seminars serve to analyse and discuss the literary texts from a historical and cultural perspective.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenStudents read the literary texts, and the relevant historical and cultural background materials described in the reading list.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkIn the groups, students engage critically with the materials presented on the reading list and during the lectures. Students are expected to develop a good insight into the materials, and to develop their own perception of these.
BeoordelingAcquisition of knowledge and insight; ability to interpret and contextualize; ability to communicate facts and insights, and to present these in the form of an intelligible and well-structured argumentative essay.
DeadlinesTo be announced.