Inner Worlds: Literature, 800-1750 (Q3304)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module explores the representation of the self in literature from the early middle ages to the eighteenth century, showing how literary forms represented, created and negotiated ideas of the individual, and the relationship between individuals, institutions and systems of belief. The module explores a range of issues: writing the self and personal writing; religious belief; sexual identity and sexual politics; rights and duties; performing identities; and mysticism. The module will explore a wide range of material from Old English religious poetry to post-Restoration discussions of the nature of sexuality. Writers and works studied will include The Wanderer, The Wakefield Second Shepherd’s Play, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Behn, Haywood, and Swift.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 31 hours of contact time and 269 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.