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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 3803  Renaissance and 17th-Century British Literature

English 3803 Section 001       CRN 31629
Renaissance and 17th Century British Literature    0930-1045 TR

English literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is a rich amalgam of English concerns and Continental styles. In this course we will explore the poetry, drama, and prose of a wide variety of writers from this period, including Queen Elizabeth, Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert, Edmund Spenser, Mary Wroth, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, and others. We will examine how these English writers adopted and adapted the literary trends of Continental Europe to ameliorate their own national literature. By the end of the semester, you should have both a broad understanding of the shaping forces of the period upon English literature and plenty of experience analyzing key texts from our selection of writers. The exciting developments in literary history during this period make it one of critical interest to scholars today.  They give us fascinating insights into “the big picture” of English literature as we have received it, and they beckon us to explore connections between the early modern world and our own. (Group 3A)