Outer Worlds: Literature, 800-1750 (Q3305)
30 credits, Level 5
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.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 31 hours of contact time and about 269 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- American Studies and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English BA
- English (with a study abroad year) BA
- English BA
- English Language and Literature BA
- English and Art History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Art History BA
- English and Film Studies BA
- English and History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and History BA
- English and Media Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Media Studies BA
- Philosophy and English BA