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Monsters and Others in Medieval Literature and Culture

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Marianne O'Doherty
Academic year

Module overview

Monsters lurk at the edges of the medieval map and imagination. These creatures repulse, fascinate, disconcert, and challenge humans in many of medieval Europe’s most intriguing and compelling texts from Beowulf to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This module will look in detail at the roles that monsters and monstrosity play in literature, culture and thought from Early Medieval England to the fifteenth century. The module will equip you to think about how medieval people thought not just about physical monsters, but about the intersections and distinctions between medieval notions of monstrosity and constructions of gendered, racial and religious difference. You will learn to analyse how medieval texts and cultural artefacts deployed representations of monstrous -- and uncannily human -- others to define, interrogate, and trouble notions of identity and community.

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