Topics in Renaissance Literature

Course code ENGL3021Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course offers an in-depth exploration of one aspect of literature from the English Renaissance, or Early Modern Period. Topics will vary from year to year, but might focus on a particular form (such as revenge tragedy or love poetry) or focus instead on a particular theme, such as sexuality and gender, religious conflict, or death and mourning. Students will be introduced to major theoretical and methodological approaches to the field and will be encouraged to undertake advanced research in the topic area. Further information about the topic will be provided each year the course is offered.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
1) Ability to recognise 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 advanced undergraduate level;
5) Communication skills appropriate to advanced undergraduate level;
6) Skills in information literacy and use of technology to perform research.
ContentThe course content will vary from year to year but will provide the opportunity for students to undertake advanced study and research on a special topic in Renaissance Literature. Focusing on a particular form, theme or approach, the course will allow students to develop specialised skills in literary analysis, contextual research, and informed scholarly critique. Students will receive training in the methodologies most pertinent to the topic area, which might include basic bibliography, the history of the book, rhetorical tropes and figures, archival research, and the use of scholarly databases. With the topic for each year linked to the lecturer's own research specialisation, the course offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with cutting edge developments in Renaissance Literature.
Replacing Course(s)ENGL3020 Renaissance Drama
TransitionStudents who have completed ENGL3020 may not enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 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