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A survey of courtly, popular, and religious literature and drama of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Dream-vision poetry includes some of the most important and influential literature of the Middle Ages: Chaucer's The House of Fame, The Legend of Good Women, The Book of the Duchess, and The Parliament of Fowls; Langland's Piers Plowman; Pearl; The Romance of the Rose; and Dante's Divine Comedy. This paper will focus on these great works, while examining some of the early influences on dream-vision poetry (Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy and Macrobius' Commentary on the Dream of Scipio), and some later examples of the genre (Lydgate's Temple of Glas and Skelton's Bouge of Court).

Paper title Middle English
Paper code ENGL402
Subject English
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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72 points from ENGL 311-368, EURO 302
Teaching staff
Convener and Lecturer: Dr Simone Celine Marshall
Paper Structure
The paper is structured into five sections:
  • Dream Visions of Authority
  • Dream Visions of Death
  • Satirical Dream Visions
  • The Debate Genre
  • Dream Visions Concerning Women
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour seminar per week.
Dream Visions and Other Poems, ed. Kathryn Lynch (Norton, 2007)

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper, students will have achieved the following outcomes:
  • Become familiar with a wide range of medieval dream-vision literature
  • Become familiar with a wide range of texts that have influenced medieval dream-vision literature
  • Improved their ability to read Middle English language
  • Increased their ability to critically analyse literary texts
  • Improved their ability to develop and write a scholarly argument

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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