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MPhil in ELAC



Medieval and Early Modern Pathway

medieval pathway

Medieval and Early Modern Pathway

Pathway Structure

The pathway is aimed at students registered in the MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures who wish to specialize in subjects linked to Medieval and/or Early Modern studies. The course offers tailored training to students working in this field, providing theoretical and practical tools to read, understand and work on pre-modern sources. The pathway is a flexible structure that can be adjusted to particular needs and interests offering a wide range of approaches to a variety of texts and historical contexts. This course is particularly suited to students wishing to pursue their postgraduate studies further and work on a PhD in Medieval and/or Early Modern studies. Students interested will have to register to the pathway at the beginning of the academic year.

Core Course Lectures

Students will attend the Core Course Lectures of the ELAC programme.

Core Course Seminars:

Students must choose 2 seminars.

Students should study at least one of the following seminars, but if they wish they can also choose one of the other seminars offered in the ELAC programme.

  • Rhetoric and Poetics
  • Paleography and editorial techniques

Modules (please note that these modules are offered subject to availability and student interest each year)

Students will choose 2 of the the following modules:

  • Cultures of the Renaissance
  • Poetry, Politics, and Community 
  • Searching for Happiness
  • Gesture, Perception, Event
  • Women and Writing in Italy
  • The Rus’ legacy and pre-modern identities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus
  • Mimesis and the Middle Ages: The Legacy of Erich Auerbach


Students will write 1 essay for the Core Course (1st term) on a specific topic related to one of the seminars followed. Essays will be 4,500 words long. In the case of the Paleography and editorial techniques seminar, students will be assessed with a 4,500-word essay, of which around 1,500 will be the text edited or transcribed and around 3,000 the introductory study, footnotes and-or critical apparatus. In the second term, students will write 2 essays based on material related to the modules followed, and a 15,000-word dissertation in the third term.

Teaching Staff


Dr Mary Franklin-Brown
Dr Liz Guild
Dr Timothy Chesters
Dr Mark Darlow
Dr Emma Gilby
Dr Miranda Griffin
Dr Nicholas Hammond
Professor Sylvia Huot
Dr John Leigh 
Dr Jenny Mander 
Professor Michael Moriarty

Spanish and Portuguese

Dr Rodrigo Cacho
Dr Elizabeth Drayson
Dr Louise Haywood
Dr Ioanna Sitaridou

German and Dutch

Dr Mark Chinca
Professor Joachim Whaley
Dr Charlotte Woodford
Professor Christopher Young 


Dr Abigail Brundin
Dr Helena Sanson
Dr Heather Webb

Slavonic Studies

Dr Olenka Pevny

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Professor Wendy Bennett

Paleography and the History of the Book

Dr Anne Cobby
Dr David McKitterick
Mr Ed Potten

For more information on the Pathway, please contact Dr Rodrigo Cacho