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Semester 1

The Field Full of Folk (ENLI10267)

Course Website

https://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/english-literature/undergraduate/current/honours

Subject

English Literature

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

3

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Visiting students must have completed 4 English Literature courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses, and we do not consider civilisation & other interdisciplinary courses, freshman seminars, writing/composition courses or film/cinema/media courses; visiting students who have taken multiple courses in literature in other languages, should have passed at least one course in English Literature as well. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission, and priority will be given to students studying on exchange within English Literature. **This is a *Core* course. Please note that students can only enrol in one Core and/or one Option 3rd year English Literature course per semester, with no exception. Students enrolled in this course therefore cannot enrol in any further Core courses during this semester** Please note that 3rd year English Literature courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

Medieval conceptions of the world, and of humanity and its operation in that world, rest on imaginative assumptions which are often very different from those of today. This course will introduce a varied range of fourteenth and fifteenth century literary texts: allegory, romance, dream vision, meditation, lyric and drama. Through these texts it will begin to explore the medieval imaginative models of the physical and metaphysical world, considering issues such as society, the body, gender, God, time, love and death. Visual images and other kinds of writing and commentary will be considered alongside the literary texts, to develop an understanding of the imaginative world which the literature both emerged from and helped to shape.

Course Description

The dreamer in Langland s long 14th century allegorical poem of spiritual pilgrimage, Piers Plowman opens the poem with a vision of the world. He sees the earth poised between the Tower of Truth in the East and the Valley of Death in the West: A fair feeld ful of folk fond I ther bitwene Of alle manere of men, the meene and the riche, Werchynge and wandrynge as the world asketh. As this image shows, medieval conceptions of the world and of humanity s operation in that world, rest on imaginative assumptions which are often very different from those of today. This course will introduce a varied range of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century English and Scottish literary texts: allegory, romance, dream vision, meditation, lyric and drama. Through these texts it will begin to explore the medieval imaginative models of the physical and metaphysical world, considering issues such as society, the body, gender, God, love, and death. Visual images and other kinds of writing and commentary will be considered alongside the literary texts, to develop an understanding of the imaginative world which the literature both emerged from and helped to shape.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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