English and drama

Romance

Module code: Q3272
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

During the Middle Ages, romance was the most popular form of secular literature. It has influenced later works from The Faerie Queene to Bridget Jones' Diary – making it one of the most important genres in English literary history. 

You study the history of romance, focusing on medieval literature. You trace the genre's importance to English literary history, and to its readers and writers. And you also examine how male writers thought about and adapted the genre, in an age where it was assumed to be focused towards female readers. 

 

Module learning outcomes

  • Display detailed knowledge of romance as a genre and its development over time
  • Analyse examples of romance, ranging from the medieval to the modern, using appropriate literary critical methods and socio-historical contexts
  • Work, with a degree of confidence, with Middle English texts in the original language
  • Evaluate scholarly arguments, and develop independent thinking about romance, and communicate these effectively in written form