ENG31110 Other Worlds in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Academic Year 2021/2022

This co-taught module series will explore other worlds in Medieval and Renaissance English literature, ranging from the world of cannibalistic monsters in Beowulf to the dangerous allure of the Islamic world, the fairy worlds of romance, images of the exotic East in Medieval and Renaissance travel writing, the divine world and utopia, as presented in very different genres. The other world takes a wide variety of forms, from the transcendent to the monstrous, the surprisingly familiar to the alarmingly transgressive. We will focus on the interactions between the human world as presented in a range of different texts and the other worlds which are depicted alongside it and on the textual and social functions performed by the other worlds. Old English texts will be read in translation. This module will be assessed by a two-hour end-of-trimester examination, and there will be a mark for attendance.

PLEASE NOTE that the School of English, Drama and Film reserves the right to withdraw modules in the period up to and including the first week of the teaching trimester.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, students will: 1. Have a knowledge of a range of medieval and Renaissance texts. 2. Have an understanding of the genres to which these texts belong. 3. Have an understanding of how medieval and Renaissance authors view and depict alternative worlds. 4. Demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast texts across periods and genres. 5. Be able to write a critical, engaged, sustained piece of writing on a chosen topic(s).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The two-hour class will consist of either a lecture followed by discussion or a seminar including debates and student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous assessment task(s) totalling 1000 words. Unspecified n/a Graded No


Examination: Two-hour exam. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Darragh Greene Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Jane Grogan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Rebecca Stephenson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer