This course is devoted to the dispersal and consumption of Latin and vernacular texts in Post-Conquest England. The course is based upon three major transformations in book culture between 1066 and c. 1500: 1) The arrival and influence of Norman monks (11th-13th centuries); 2) The emergence and establishment of the commercially-made book (14th-15th centuries); 3). The introduction of the printing press (15th century). Each of these transformations significantly impacted book culture, but as a consequence also the availability, dispersal, and consumption of texts. This course explores both the individual transformations as cultural-historical events and their broader significance for literary culture in England.
To introduce students to the culture of the handwritten book in Post-Conquest England.
To highlight and explore significant influences on the availability and dispersal of literature in English society.
To demonstrate how the study of medieval literature benefits from understanding of the main medium in which these texts circulated – books.
Timetable on the website
Mode of instruction
The course load is 140 hours.
Hours spent on attending seminars: 26 hours
Time for studying compulsory literature and discussion questions preparation: 39 hours
Time for writing papers: 75 hours
Submitting discussion questions: 10%
Class participation: 20%
The average grade of the four components should be 6.0 or higher.
Blackboard will be used (general information, supplying additional readings)
A selection of articles and book chapters.
Enrollment through uSis is mandatory. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: .email@example.com.
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Media Studies student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; .firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator of studies: Mr. J. Donkers, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 1.02b.