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Literature 2: English Literature, ca. 1550-1700


Admission requirements



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.

Course objectives

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

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

Lectures and seminars: 39
Reading material: 62
Essay: 20
Exam preparation: 14
Making exam: 3
Tutoring: 2

Assessment method

  • 1200-word essay; minimum grade: 6 (30%).

  • A 3 hour end-of-term exam; minimum grade: 5 (70%).


  • 1200-word essay; minimum grade: 6 (30%).

  • A 3 hour end-of-term exam; minimum grade: 5 (70%).

The final grade is determined by calculating the average grade for the above-mentioned assignment and exams, which is rounded to the nearest half. A final grade below 5,5 (also 5,49) is insufficient.


Only when the final grade is insufficient can students resit insufficient exam(s) and/or assignments . The resit grade will replace the original grade.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Attendance is compulsory. Missing more than three tutorials means that students will be excluded from taking the exam (or essay or other assignments) and resits. Consequently, the course cannot be completed during that particular academic year. Unauthorized absence also applies to being unprepared and/or not bringing the relevant course materials to class.


Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.

Reading list

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)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

NB: First year students will be enrolled by the coordinator of studies.

Students other than BA English language and culture studies need permission from the coordinator of studies before enrolling.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Contractonderwijs


Please contact Student administration van Eyckhof for questions.