Other Worlds: Literature, 800-1750 (Q3305)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module explores the representation of real and fictive worlds in literature from the early middle ages to the eighteenth century. The module will ask how writers understood the relationship between truth and fiction and how they imagined their own world in terms of others, both real and invented. The module will cover a wide variety of forms of writing, including literature of the heroic age, fantasy, romance, travel and colonial writing, Utopian and Distopian writing, and masques. We will study Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Faerie Queene, Utopia, The Jew of Malta, Oronooko, The Blazing World, and other works.


29%: Lecture
13%: Practical (Workshop)
58%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 267 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.