Desire and Power:English Lit 1570-1640 (EAS2026)

StaffDr Ayesha Mukherjee -
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesNone  
Co-requisitesNone
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Through engagement with a wide range of texts and themes, you will develop a broad and rounded perspective on life and literature during this rich and exciting period.

 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate informed appreciation of specific Renaissance authors and texts;
  • 2. demonstrate an informed appreciation of sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century literary history;
  • 3. demonstrate an informed critical understanding of the relation between Renaissance literature and important historical and intellectual developments of the time;
  • 4. demonstrate a developed capacity to apply appropriate critical and theoretical ideas to illuminate Renaissance literary works, their rhetorical strategies and conventions;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. demonstrate an ability to analyse the literature of the English Renaissance and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical context;
  • 6. demonstrate an ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to their own discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history;
  • 7. demonstrate an ability to understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to literary texts;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. through seminar work and group presentations, demonstrate communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups;
  • 9. through essay-writing, demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills, a capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument and a capacity to write clear and correct prose;
  • 10. through research for seminars and essays, demonstrate proficiency in information retrieval and analysis;
  • 11. through research, seminar discussion, and essay writing demonstrate a capacity to question assumptions, to distinguish between fact and opinion, and to critically reflect on their own learning process;`
  • 12. through sitting their final examination, demonstrate proficiency in the use of memory and in the development, organization, and expression of ideas under pressure of time.

Syllabus plan

Weeks 1-3: Elizabeth I and Elizabethan Literature

 

1. Queen Elizabeth: letters, poems, and speeches.

2. Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book I.

3. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

Weeks 4-7: Devils and Machiavels in the 1590s

 

4. Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta

5. Thomas Nashe, Pierce Penniless His Supplication to the Devil

6. [Opportunities Week]

7. William Shakespeare, Richard III

 

Weeks 8-10: Elizabethan to Jacobean

 

8. Francis Bacon, Essays (1597-1625)

9. The sonnet: Philip Sidney, Astrophil & Stella (1590), Shakespeare's Sonnets (1609)

10. John Donne and George Herbert, poems

 

Weeks 11-12: Jacobean Women

 

11. John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi

12. The Woman Writer in Jacobean England: Lady Mary Wroth, Rachel Speght and Ester Sowernam

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
382620

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled14lectures
Scheduled22seminars
Schedules2Workshops on reading Renaissance literature
Guided Independent33study group preparation and meetings
Guided Independent70seminar preparation (individual)
Guided Independent159reading, research and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Critical Commentary1000 words1-7, 9-11Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
454510

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay452000 words1-7, 9-11Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Exam452 hours1-7, 9-12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Seminar participation10continuousOral Feedback with opportunity for office hours follow-up
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0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-7, 9-11Referral/deferral period
ExamExam1-7, 9-12Referral/deferral period
Seminar Participation Repeat Study or mitigation Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Reading:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Ninth Edition: Volume B (16th and Early 17th Century), ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. (London: W.W. Norton, 2012).

Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta (New Mermaids, Oxford or Revels editions)

Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works, ed. J.B. Steane, Penguin Classics (London: Penguin, 1972; repr. 1985)

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream.(Oxford Shakespeare, Arden Shakespeare or New Cambridge Shakespeare editions)

---. The Tragedy of King Richard III (Oxford Shakespeare, Arden Shakespeare or New Cambridge Shakespeare editions)

 

Secondary Reading:

Stephan Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (U California P, 1980)

Contance Jordan, Renaissance Feminism (Cornell UP, 1990)

Katherine Maus, Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance (U Chicago P, 1995)

David Norbrook, Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance (Routledge, 1984)

Michael Schoenfeldt, Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England (Cambridge UP, 1999)

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2011

Last revision date

26/02/2012

Key words search

English, Literature, Renaissance, Early Modern, Desire, Power