Seminar: Blinded by the Light? Medieval visionary texts

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain English
    Code UE-L06.01200
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Seminar
    Level Master
    Semester SP-2022

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Tuesday 08:15 - 10:00, Hebdomadaire (Spring semester)

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    Teachers
    Description

    This course will trace the presentation of visions in medieval English texts, from the earliest accounts such as the Old English Dream of the Rood, to the late Middle English descriptions of visions in The Book of Margery Kempe. Visions provided a means of describing the ineffable; they could also give authority to the visionary, which might explain why many visionary accounts are by women. But visions were also potentially subversive, and opened the visionary up to scrutiny. Topics considered in the course will include: the conservatism of visionary language versus its potential subversiveness; the role of the ‘author’ in relation to God; the role of women in the creation of religious texts; strategies for creating a language to describe the ineffable. 

    22.02   Visions in the Old Testament: the Old English Daniel

    01.03   Roman women’s visions I: Perpetua

    08.03   More Old English visions: Elene, Caedmon

    15.03   Vision or Riddle? The Dream of the Rood

    22.03   Roman women’s visions II: St Margaret

    29.03   The visions of kings: Leofric

    05.04   Roman women’s visions III : St Cecilia

    12.04   Philosophical visions: Boethius and Lady Wisdom

    19.04   EASTER VAC

    26.04   Visions of suffering and song: Richard Rolle

    03.05   European contexts: Beguine visions

    10.05   The Revelation of Love: Julian of Norwich I

    17.05   The Revelation of Love: Julian of Norwich II

    31.05   The Book of Margery Kempe

    Training objectives
    • An appreciation of the continuities and changes in devotional language through the medieval period
    • An understanding of the role of religion in the development of written language
    • An appreciation of issues of gender in relation to medieval texts
    • An understanding of the development of English as a written vernacular
    • Increased familiarity with late-Middle English and early-Modern English language
    Softskills
    No
    Off field
    No
    BeNeFri
    No
    Mobility
    No
    UniPop
    No
  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    22.02.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    01.03.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    08.03.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    15.03.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    22.03.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    29.03.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    05.04.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    12.04.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    26.04.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    03.05.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    10.05.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    17.05.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    24.05.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
    31.05.2022 08:15 - 10:00 Cours MIS 03, Room 3013
  • Assessments methods

    Séminaire - SP-2022, Session d'été 2022

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2022, Autumn Session 2022

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Session d'été 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure
  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    English Language and Literature 30 [MA]
    Version: SA15_MA_P2_ang_V01
    Module 2minor: English Philology

    English Language and Literature 90 [MA]
    Version: SA17_MA_PA_ang_V01
    Modules 5 branches > Module 2: English Philology

    Medieval Studies 30 [MA]
    Version: SA21_MA_P2_de_fr_V01
    Module VI : English Philology

    Medieval Studies 30 [MA]
    Version: SA11_MA_P2_fr_de_V01
    Variante B > Études médiévales - Variante B