Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
190301503101MIDDLE AGE ENGLISH LITERATURECompulsory235
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Students are expected to acquire the skill and adequacy to know and to compare-contrast the prominent works of Middle English Literature with their qualities at the end of the course.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Dr. Öğretim Üyesi Zafer ŞAFAK
Learning Outcomes
1Recognize the works and sources of Middle English Literature.
2Recognize the works and sources of Middle English Literature.
3Comprehend the genres of Middle English Literature.
4Comprehend the genres of Middle English Literature.
5To be able examine the works of the period.
6To be able examine the works of the period.
7To be able to evaluate the thematic differences and similarities among the works of the period.
8To be able to evaluate the thematic differences and similarities among the works of the period.
9Being able to make stylistic comparision among the works of the period.
10Being able to make stylistic comparision among the works of the period.
Mode of Delivery
Daytime Class
Prerequisites and co-requisities
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Recommended Optional Programme Components
Students are expected to have obtained the text-books: English Literature to 1789 (by Kathleen McCoy, Judith A.V. Harlan, Harper Perennial/ Harper Collins Publishers, 1992), The McGraw-Hill Guide to English Literature/Vol. 1, Beowulf to Jane Austen (by Karen Lawrence, Betsy Seifter and Lois Ratner, McGraw-Hill Paperbacks, 1985), read and scrutinized the related parts (of the second and the third book) before the sessions.
Course Contents
The course will cover the Middle/Medieval English Literature including the sources of narrative forms/genres, terms and concepts and prominent works peculiar to this era and general Medieval attitude towards life.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction Late Medieval English Literature (1066-1485) Background: Religious Liturgy, Chronicles, English Story-Telling, The Peasants’ Revolt--
2The Source of Narrative Forms and Concepts: Middle English Poetry, Narrative Romance, Arthurian Romance, Fabliau--
3Medieval Idealism, Courtly Love, Allegory William Langland’s Piers the Ploughman/The Vision of Piers Plo‘w’man Various Literary Concepts: Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Cardinal Virtues--
4Piers the Ploughman Critical Essay Readings on the Work--
5Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Its Examination/Close Reading--
6Critical Essay Readings on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight--
7Mid-Term Exam--
8Geoffrey Chaucer and Some Other Medieval Genres Chaucer’s Attitude to Life and Society--
9The Canterbury Tales General Prologue--
10Critical Essay Readings on The Canterbury Tales--
11Drama in Middle Ages Mystery Plays/The Second Shepherd’s Play, The York Play of Crucifixion Miracle Plays Morality Plays--
12Everyman as a Morality Play The Critical Essay Readings on the Work--
13Middle English Lyrics and Ballads (Secular Lyrics and Religious Lyrics) Sir Thomas Malory/Le Morte d’Arthur--
14General Overview Middle English Literature and Medieval Attitudes towards Life on Earth--
Recommended or Required Reading
1 The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, 4th Edition, by M. H. Abrams, 1988 2 English Literature to 1789 by Kathleen McCoy, Judith A.V. Harlan, Harper Perennial/ Harper Collins Publishers, 1992 3 The McGraw-Hill Guide to English Literature/Vol. 1, Beowulf to Jane Austen by Karen Lawrence, Betsy Seifter and Lois Ratner, McGraw-Hill Paperbacks, 1985 - Middle English Literature: A Historical Sourcebook by Matthew Boyd Goldie, Wiley-Blackwell, 2003 - A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature by Marilyn Corrie/ Concise Companions to Literature and Culture, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009 - Middle English Literature: A Guide to Criticism by Roger Dalrymple/ Blackwell Guides to Criticism, Wiley-Blackwell, 2004 - Ethics and Eventfulness in Middle English Literature by J. Allan Mitchell/ The New Middle Ages, Palgrave Macmillan US, 2009 - Old and Middle English Literature by William Matthews/ Goldentree Bibliographies in Language and Literature, Appleton-Century-Crofts City, 1968 - Middle English Literature: A Critical Study of the Romances, the Religious Lyrics, and Piers Plowman by George Kane, Routledge, 2019 - A Companion to Old and Middle English Literature by Laura C. Lambdin, Robert T. Lambdin, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture by Peter Brown/ Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2007 - The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100-1500/ Cambridge Companions to Literature, by Larry Scanlon, Cambridge University Press , 2009 - The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature by David Wallace, Cambridge University Press, 1999 - The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English/ Oxford Handbooks in Literature, by Elaine Treharne, Greg Walker, Oxford University Press, 2010
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
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Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination12020
Final Examination13030
Attending Lectures14342
Discussion12020
Criticising Paper15050
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)162
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