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ENGL354 Monsters and Monstrosity in Medieval Literature

Medieval societies frequently created their sense of cultural identity by designating parts of it as monstrous. The paper examines literature about beasts, demons, fairies, women, and werewolves.

Paper title Monsters and Monstrosity in Medieval Literature
Paper code ENGL354
Subject English
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
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18 200-level ENGL points
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Professor Simone Celine Marshall

Teaching staff

Professor Simone Celine Marshall

Paper Structure

Two lectures and one tutorial each week of semester.

Teaching Arrangements

The lectures will be recorded and available to all students enrolled.

Distance students will be streamed into a separate zoom tutorial, where they will be able to discuss topics and ask questions. The tutorials will also be recorded. In addition, I will hold a weekly zoom session available to all students, to review and summarise the week’s work. During the weekly zoom session, students will be able to ask questions and discuss topics. (If students are in different time zones, I will make individual arrangements to have zoom sessions with those students).

All assessment tasks will be submitted electronically.


All course materials will be provided online.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Students will be able to explain and discuss primary and secondary texts studied in the paper, as well as analyse and interpret the theoretical models used.
  • Students will be able to interpret diverse media (texts, illustrations, paintings, manuscripts) and explain their connections.
  • Students will gain familiarity with texts in a range of medieval languages.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast texts from divergent cultures, identifying bias and assumptions found in how concepts are conveyed over time.
  • Students will be able to appraise and evaluate concepts within the texts.
  • Students will be able to develop and defend a scholarly argument.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to visualise and synthesise concepts found in different kinds of texts, and formulate an independent response to those concepts.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system