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.

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, 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: