Medieval to Renaissance Essay Titles Autumn 2012



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Medieval to Renaissance Essay Titles Autumn 2012

For first year students:

Essays of around 2500 words (one hard copy) to be handed in to tutors in week 10.
For students taking module at Honours level and visiting students who are not staying for the whole year or who are taking the module at Honours level:

One hard copy and one electronic submission of an essay of 3000 words to be handed in to the English Department office by noon on Friday of week 10 (7th December).




  1. Investigate the relationship between magic and Christian morality in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.




  1. What is the effect of the poet’s detailed description of the three hunts in Fitt 3? How should we relate the hunts to the bedroom scenes which they interrupt?




  1. What does Sir Gawain and the Green Knight teach us about the character of Arthurian chivalry?




  1. Examine the poet’s use of patterning and symmetry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.




  1. Consider the different ways in which Chaucer presents human love in Troilus and Criseyde. What conclusions does he reach?




  1. How well does the ending fit with the rest of Troilus and Criseyde?




  1. What part does narratorial comment play in the development of Troilus and Criseyde?




  1. ‘Troilus is the hero, but Criseyde is the more appealing character.’ Discuss.


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