Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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. The course will permit students to reflect on their personal and intellectual relationship to texts from the period.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Recognise and discuss aspects and forms of Renaissance Literature;

2. Apply critical and theoretical debates and approaches to readings of Renaissance Literature;

3. Compare cultural and intercultural concerns between the early modern period and our own;

4. Effectively interpret and analyse Renaissance literary works at intermediate undergraduate level;

5. Use communication skills appropriate to intermediate undergraduate level, including personal reflection;

6. Develop skills in information literacy and use technology to perform research.


Topics might include genre (comedy or tragedy), romance, epic, elegy, the sonnet, book making, and religious verse, as social and cultural contexts (such as critical race studies, class, gender, political and religious affiliation, and geographical location). 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.


This course replaces ENGL1020. If you have successfully completed ENGL1020 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - 1 x 1000 words (30%)

Essay: Essay - 2000 words (40%)

Journal: Journal and Reflection - 1000 words (30%)

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