Medieval Representations

Subject 106-414 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in English.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject examines forms of representation and textuality in late medieval English writing and culture. We will focus on the representations of love, gender and war in medieval literature, with a special focus on Chaucer's epic love story of the Trojan war, in Troilus and Criseyde, and a study of related texts by Chaucer, Skakepseare and other writers. No prior knowledge of Middle English is assumed in this subject, which is designed as an introduction to late medieval culture.


A research essay of 5000 words 100% (due at the end of the semester).

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader containing The Letters of Abeland and Heloise (Penguin), and other medieval texts, will be available.

  • The Riverside Chaucer (L Benson), (gen ed)
  • Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare), Oxford
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • conceptualising and planning an original research project;
  • communicating arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and in group discussions;

  • developing critical self-awareness and the capacity to shape persuasive arguments;

  • applying research skills (especially in library and online resources) and critical methods to traditional and emerging fields of inquiry;

  • detailed readings of a range of texts in different media;

  • contrasting traditional and contemporary forms of knowledge about the past.


Formerly available as 106-075. Students who have completed 106-075 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Ancient and Medieval Studies
Ancient, Medieval && Early Modern Studies
English Language Studies
Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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