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ENGL1018: The Medieval Imaginary

This unit introduces students to the literatures of the peoples who lived in the British Isles in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500). We will focus on the transformations of myth and legend in this period and study different medieval approaches to storytelling. In particular, we will explore how medieval writers imagined and re-imagined their societies in different cultural contexts. Starting with the Old English heroic poem Beowulf, students will read translations of early and late medieval poetry and prose. We will analyse medieval literature in society, intersections between history and the imagination, the treatment of gender roles and relations, and Christian influences on pagan stories, among other issues.

Code ENGL1018
Academic unit English
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply the skills of close reading, critical thinking, and textual analysis developed through the study of medieval literature
  • LO2. Explain medieval approaches to narrative over time, across various literary forms, and in different genres.
  • LO3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the social, literary, and historical contexts through which texts are read.
  • LO4. Engage critically and analytically with a range of medieval literary texts and the theories through which they can be interpreted.
  • LO5. Identify and understand the intersections between various academic disciplines in the study of medieval literature.
  • LO6. Implement scholarly research methods and demonstrate the attributes necessary for developing confidence in independent academic research.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.