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EN4315   Apocalyptic Literature in Early English

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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)

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-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 Chris Jones (CSJ2)