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EN4315 Apocalyptic Literature in Early English

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:9.00 am and 10.00 am Thu

Christianity has always incorporated within its beliefs and institutions an inbuilt expectation of the End of Time, as brought about by the Second Coming of Christ and the Day of Judgment. On this module students will examine the expression of that apocalyptic expectation in a number of literary genres in English, including Biblical texts, chronicles, homilies, and poems from the early medieval period. These texts sometimes include colourful depictions of hell, the Antichrist, and dragons in the sky, but can also be intensely political, as well as theologically involved. Students will translate and study these works in Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) and Early Middle English. Previous experience with this language is necessary. (Group A)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group A Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr C S Jones
Module teaching staff:Dr C S Jones