Units of Study

ENGL2662 - Deceit, Disguise and Medieval Narrative

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Margaret Rogerson


In the Middle Ages notions of deceit, disguise, and temptation permeated how people thought about the world, their place in it, and the roles of God, the devil, and death. This worldview generated some of the most exciting, moving, and even comic literature of the Middle English tradition, ranging from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to the recollections of the mystical Margery Kempe. This unit of study focuses the varied ways in which poets, playwrights, and memoirists negotiated a world of tricksters.


1x1500wd assignment (25%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take home exam (35%)


Chaucer: Pardoner's and Nun's Priest's Tales
The Chester Last Judgment Play
The Towneley Second Shepherds' Play
Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle
The Book of Margery Kempe


1x1-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 junior credit points in English

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