This course is an introduction to one of the richest eras of English literature and to a historical period that, in many ways, marks the beginning of the modern world. Students will familiarize themselves with a broad range of plays, poetry and prose. We will study the language and form of these texts, while at the time looking at the cultural, political and historical contexts by which they were shaped, and which they helped to shape in their turn.
By the end of the course students will have gained a basic knowledge of early modern English literature. They are able to analyse the form and language of literary texts from this period, and can relate them to their cultural and historical context. They will also have further developed their academic writing skills.
The timetable is available on the BA English website
Mode of instruction
A one-hour lecture and a two-hour seminar per week
The course load of this course is 140 hours.
Lectures and seminars: 23.4
Reading material: 80.6
Exam preparation: 16
End-of-term exam (70%)
1200-word essay (30%)
In order to pass the course, students should obtain at least a 6.0 for the essay and a 5.0 for the end-of-term exam.
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
Norton Anthology of English Literature, 9th edition, vol. 1 or vols. B and C.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Oxford edition, ed. Stephen Orgel).
William Shakespeare, Othello (Oxford edition, ed. Michael Neill).
Klarer, Mario. An Introduction to Literary Studies. THIRD EDITION (Routledge 2013)
Registration via coordinator of studies.