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ENGL214 Medieval Literature 1

A study of Chaucer and other Middle English authors.

Literature of the medieval world ranges across works on love, temptation, belief, and warfare.  This paper will give you a strong grounding in Middle English language, with a focus on Geoffrey Chaucer's The Book of the Duchess, and on Gawain and the Green Knight.  The second part of the paper will reach further afield into the medieval world, examining Dante's Divine Comedy, The Arabian Nights, and a Russian story of Dracula.

Paper title Medieval Literature 1
Paper code ENGL214
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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One 100-level ENGL paper (excluding ENGL 126) or 36 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Convenor: Asociate Professor Simone Marshall


Gawain and the Green Knight, ed. W.R.J. Barron (Manchester University Press, 1998)
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy: Inferno, trans. Michael Palma (Norton, 2007)
The Arabian Nights, trans. Husain Haddawy (Norton, 2009)
The Wallace, ed. Anne McKim (TEAMS, 2003)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will:
  • Develop facility in reading Middle English
  • Be introduced to a range of genres and kinds of writing from the period
  • Explore the ways in which medieval literature is similar to or different from modern literature
  • Develop the critical skills that facilitate the reading of medieval literature in the light of the cultural and literary traditions of the period

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41