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EN3111   Beowulf

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am and 11.00 am Fri

This module introduces students to one of the strangest works of medieval literature, Beowulf. The hero's struggles against monsters, and the text's depiction of pagan aristocracies and tribal warfare will be studied in close readings and thematic study against the backdrop of Anglo-Saxon literary history and poetic conventions. Key aspects studied will include monstrosity, warfare, paganism, leadership, poetic composition, early medieval manuscript production, and the usage of electronic tools. The module will also range widely amongst related North Sea literature (Old English poetry, Old Norse sagas, medieval Latin, and modern folklore). Beowulf will be read in a glossed edition and in the original; supporting material will be read in translation. Some prior experience with reading Old English (e.g. through EN2003) is useful, but not necessarily required. (Group A)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take EN3010 or take ME3012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture and 1 seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr C Rauer