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, Report)

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.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. 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: