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This module explores how language creates imaginary worlds and how imagined worlds, in turn, shape and change the real world. It focuses on the great Renaissance texts of exploration, fantasy, travel and imagination; it looks at fairyland, the ghostly and the supernatural, at the marvellous and the monstrous, at the dreams and nightmares of a civilisation. It examines questions of, for example, colonialism, migration, globalisation, race, exoticism and religion and, in doing so, it raises big questions about the relationship between the imaginary and the real. Students will be invited to consider how literary texts provoke us to see the world in new and complex ways.