Units of Study

ENGL2662 - Deceit, Disguise and Medieval Narrative

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Jan Elizabeth Shaw


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.


1x2000wd essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (50%)


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'


2x1-hr lectures/week,
1x1-hr tutorial/week


(12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001)


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