Violence, Sex, and Magic in Medieval Literature (EN3222)
Summer Reading List
Course Tutors: Dr Jennifer Neville and Dr Catherine Nall
Primary Texts for the Course
Many of these will be provided on the Moodle site when it is ready, but feel free to look them up for yourselves:
| Old English Texts
||Middle English Texts |
||The Siege of Jerusalem |
|The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
||The Alliterative Morte Arthure |
||Chaucer, The Merchant's Tale |
|The Canons of Theodore
||Chaucer, The Shipman's Tale |
|Wulf and Eadwacer
|Exeter Book Riddles
|Old English Charms
Preparation for Week 1
For our meeting in the first week, please read the following:
- the first chapter, ‘The Body of the Condemned’, of Foucault’s Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. This book is easily accessible in most libraries and on Amazon.
- the introduction of ‘A Great Effusion of Blood’? Interpreting Medieval Violence, ed. by Mark D. Meyerson, Daniel Thiery, and Oren Falk (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004). This book is available on Google Books.
With this reading in mind, prepare responses to the following tasks:
- What do these two theoretical works contribute to your understanding of one medieval text that you have read before? [NB: a text you have read in previous courses, not one that you have read in preparation for this course].
- Pick out a short passage from a medieval text that illustrates a view of violence distinct from your own.