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.


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


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: