Renaissance Literature

Course code ENGL2002Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course offers an introduction to literature from the English Renaissance, or Early Modern Period, covering poetry, prose, drama, and other forms prevalent in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It will provide training in the set of scholarly skills necessary for the study of the distinctive styles and concerns of this literature, including close reading, textual analysis, and the assessment of central critical debates. Attention might be paid to genre (for example comedy, tragedy, the love sonnet) as well as social and cultural contexts (such as age, race, class, gender, political and religious affiliation, and geographical location).

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1) Ability to recognize and discuss aspects of Renaissance Literature
2) Understanding of critical and theoretical debates surrounding Renaissance Literature;
3) Awareness of cultural and intercultural concerns relating to the period;
4) Skills in interpretation and analysis of Renaissance literary works at intermediate undergraduate level;
5) Communication skills appropriate to intermediate undergraduate level;
6) Skills in information literacy and use of technology to perform research.
ContentThe course will introduce student to the major literary genres and authors of the English Renaissance. Topics might include comedy, tragedy, romance, epic, elegy, love sonnet, and religious verse. Authors will vary from year to year, but might include Shakespeare, Spenser, Sidney, Milton, Donne, Jonson, Elizabeth I, Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wroth and Katherine Philips.
Replacing Course(s)ENGL 1020
TransitionStudents who have completed ENGL1020 may not enroll in this course
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo to four written assignments (individual maximum equiv. 2000 words), which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, peer reviews, in-class or online tests and/or quizzes, wikis, or journal entries, totalling approximately 4000 words. (100%)
Other: (please specify)Student participation in class discussion may be assessed. Students will be notified in assessment documents at the beginning of the term whether and how participation will be assessed.

Students must submit all assessment items in order to complete the course.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL2002