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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE01104438, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0314, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MEDIAEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE
Department of reference Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ALESSANDRA PETRINA L-LIN/10

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines L-LIN/10 English Literature 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Prerequisites: A good knowledge of modern English is required; familiarity with literary English is also desirable.
Target skills and knowledge: These classes are meant to give students a first knowledge of the main authors and texts of English literature between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries, through the practice of reading and analyzing a selection of texts in Middle English. We shall also study issues and topics that are central to late medieval English culture. Through these classes the student shall acquire the ability to read and analyze texts in Middle English.
Examination methods: The exam will be an oral interview and will take place in English. It will last approximately twenty-five minutes. First the student will be asked to choose a topic (a text among those studied in class, or a topic concerning more than one text, or an author, or a critical perspective); subsequently, the lecturer will ask the student to read and analyse a passage of Millde English poetry or prose included in the syllabus; from this, there will be a short discussion on the topics and themes studied during this course.
Assessment criteria: Assessment will be based on the candidate's knowledge of the texts and topics included in the syllabus, as well as on his/her competence in analysing and discussing the texts studies in class and inserted in the bibliography. The student shall also demonstrate his/her ability to take into account critical interpretations of the texts and contexts on the basis of the critical literature suggested. The student's logic and argumentative abilities shall be assessed, together with his/her ability to form an independent critical judgement.
Course unit contents: The following topics will be dicussed:
1. Introduction to Middle English literature, with a selection of representative authors and texts.
2. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
3. Chaucer's dream poems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures are given in English, and will start from a general overview of Middle English literature to focus then on the texts listed in the syllabus. Special attention will be paid to text analysis, and students will be invited to participate actively with reading and comprehension workshops. The Moodle platform shall be used to update students on the class activities, and also to provide them with audio-visual and critical material that will complement what is present in the bibliography. Should the number of participants allow it, students will also be invited to hold brief seminars (twenty-thirty minutes each) in which they will discuss independently some of the themes of the course. Attendance is warmly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The classes and the exam will be in English. Please consult my webpage, and my Moodle platform, for extra texts and critical studies. On the same platform I will upload the bibliography for this course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Burrow, John Anthony; Turville-Petre, Thorlac, A Book of Middle English. Malden: Blackwell, 2005. A list of texts to be studied shall be given in class, and uploaded on Moodle Cerca nel catalogo
  • Turville-Petre, Thorlac, Reading Middle English literature. Malden: Blackwell, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey; Kolve, V.A.; Olson, Glending, <<The >>Canterbury Talesfifteen tales and the general prologueauthoritative text, sources and backgrounds, criticismGeoffrey Chaucerselected and edited by V.A. Kolve, Glending Olson. New York: London, W. W. Norton & Co., 2005.
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey; Lynch, Kathryn, Dream visions and other poems. Authoritative texts, contexts, criticismGeoffrey Chaucerselected and edited by Kathryn L. Lynch. New York: London, W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. Cerca nel catalogo