Renaissance, Reformation and Rebellion (TRU2006)

30 credits

This module introduces students to English literature written during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: the age of Elizabeth I, Cromwell, Shakespeare, and Milton. The English Renaissance (c. 1550-1700) was a time of exploration and technological advancement, but also political, religious and social turmoil. Creative and stylistic innovations flourished, as writers responded to the legacy of classical Greece and Rome; the first professional English theatres opened (and closed!); and both men and women, from diverse social backgrounds, gained new opportunities to publish their work. This module explores some of the most influential, unusual, and inventive literary works of the English Renaissance