ENG31960 Apocalypse Then: Old Eng. Lit.

Academic Year 2023/2024

As the year 1000 approached, the Anglo-Saxons were filled with fear, both for the coming apocalypse expected 1000 years after Christ and the very real Viking invasion that they could see all around them. In fact, for many Anglo-Saxon writers, the Vikings were merely one sign of the coming Apocalypse. This module will explore how apocalyptic thinking comes to intertwine with reactions to Viking invasions. Through the course of the trimester, we will investigate questions of religion, ethnicity, and gender, as the Anglo-Saxons decide how best to respond to the end of the world as they knew it.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the trimester, students should be able to:

1. Describe the apocalyptic ideals of the Anglo-Saxons
2. Explain the complex relationships that Anglo-Saxons had with their Viking cousins/ancestors
3. Perform a close reading of an Old English text (in translation) that recognizes both formal and historical details
4. Analyze literary research and create an effective argument that combines both literary scholarship and literary analysis.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module uses a variety of approaches towards seminar time, including group-work, lectures, class discussion, and online assignments. 
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 In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Discussion Board posts throughout the term Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Writing tasks spaced over the semester in order to prepare one to write the end-of-term essay. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 2500–3000 word end-of-semester essay Unspecified n/a Graded No



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, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The first half of the module will have writing assignments keyed to reading assignments. Group feedback in class will be offered on these. After the midterm, various writing tasks keyed to the final essay will be assigned. Students will receive both written and oral feedback individually on these assignments.

Battle of Maldon
Life of St Oswald
Life of St. Edmund
Aelfric's Judith
Dream of the Rood
Wulfstan's Sermo Lupi ad Anglos
Bede's Historia Ecclesia
Name Role
Assoc Professor Rebecca Stephenson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer