Outer 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, Portfolio)

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 regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: