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Unit Overview


This unit extends students' knowledge of research practices and technical knowledge, and broadens their reading in medieval literature. A selection of later medieval/pre-modern English texts from different literary and non-literary genres diversifies students' experience of later medieval English writing and its various contexts. Texts are read in the original language and are selected from a range of dialects, thus developing students' language learning. The unit offers more detailed research tasks through historical reference and develops more extensive technical skills by locating texts in their manuscript contexts. Key questions investigated through a range of theoretical approaches current in medieval cultural studies include the connections between an increasingly vernacular culture and the practices of reading and writing; the scripting of public and private selves through writing; the processes of transmission and the meanings of preserving the past.

As a Level 3 unit, this unit aims to further develop students' skills in research, critical analysis and oral and written communication through more focused engagements with specific texts and theories, and through a greater emphasis on independent learning through strategies such as targeted research tasks, small group projects, and the opportunity to develop individual essay topics, thus preparing them for future studies, or as innovative and productive researchers and communicators in their chosen professions.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) develop knowledge of later medieval literary and written genres, and are capable of detailed and informed analysis of their characteristics; (2) develop an understanding of the relation of medieval English writing to the historical contexts of its production and utterance; (3) gain knowledge of some of the major modern theoretical reflections on understanding the literature and culture of the medieval past; (4) gain a sound knowledge of how to read Middle English texts in the original in a variety of dialects; (5) understand the significance of manuscript and early print culture for the creation, dissemination and reception of medieval writing; (6) be aware of the growth of a vernacular English language culture in the medieval period and its relation to Latin- and French-based culture; (7) express original arguments, together with research methodologies, approaches and findings, coherently and logically in oral and written formats; (8) undertake and present research in groups efficiently and creatively, and to offer and respond to feedback appropriately; (9) demonstrate an awareness of the importance of informing and challenging one's independent analyses and ideas with discriminating reading of imaginative, critical and theoretical texts; (10) apply, knowingly and appropriately, highly developed skills of textual analysis, critical reasoning, interpretation and research; (11) interpret texts from a range of cultural genres independently, confidently and appropriately through developed modes of close reading and writing that encourage personal and critically informed engagement and expression; and (12) apply developed skills in independent enquiry-based research, sophisticated skills in oral and written communication, and an informed understanding of, and ethical sensitivity towards, our diverse and globalised world in the context of advanced further studies and/or future career paths.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) critical exercise; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Andrew Lynch
Unit rules
any Level 2 unit in English and Cultural Studies
or MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.