Renaissance and Revolution (EAS2080)

30 credits

This module introduces literature written during one of the most colourful, turbulent periods of English history. Covering poetry, drama, and various forms of prose writing, it describes courtly literature of the reigns of James I, Charles I and Charles II as well as the explosion of new literary forms during the English Revolution of 1640 to 1660. It includes the work of major writers, such as Shakespeare, Jonson, Milton and Aphra Behn, and also less familiar ones such as John Ford, Anna Trapnel or Lucy Hutchinson. Central themes include monarchy and the display of power, the emergence of the woman writer, changing attitudes towards sexuality and the body, representations of the countryside, and the growth of a discourse of nationhood.