Inner Worlds: Literature, 800-1750 (Q3304)
30 credits, Level 5
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.
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.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. 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. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
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