A study of major English authors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from More to Milton.
In this paper we will study English Renaissance literature from Christopher Marlowe's
defiant and ground-breaking play, Doctor Faustus, to John Milton's controversial epic
poem, Paradise Lost. This period was one of tremendous upheavals and tremendous possibilities.
The emergence of the printing press began to shape the way that writers imagined themselves
and sparked the first 'information revolution'. The first purpose-built permanent
theatres in London were opened. Religion and church governance were pressing national
issues: England broke with the Catholic church under Henry VIII, was forcibly re-aligned
under Mary Tudor and became Protestant again under Queen Elizabeth. Rulers throughout
Europe consolidated their power and attempted to rein in powerful lords, but by the
mid-seventeenth century the English parliament took the unprecedented (and hitherto
unimaginable) step of executing their king.
In the midst of this tumult and upheaval, the writers we will study made their names, renewing old forms and forging new ones. Works studied will be analysed in context to show the cultural, social, political, religious and ideological currents of the time that motivated the creation of this exceptional literature.
|Paper title||Renaissance Literature|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2020|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- 18 200-level ENGL points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
To be advised when next offered
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of English and Linguistics website
- Teaching staff
- Teaching Arrangements
- A combination of lectures, seminar discussions and play readings.
- Five Renaissance Tragedies, ed. Colin Gibson (available free from the Department of English)
- Metaphysical Poetry: An Anthology (Thrift Edition). Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 2002
- Ben Jonson. Volpone and The Alchemist (Oxford World's Classics). Ed. Gordon Campbell. Oxford, 1995
- John Milton. Paradise Lost and Other Poems (Signet Classics). London: Penguin Books, 2003
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Ability to analyse and appreciate English literature published before 1700
- Knowledge of the cultural and historical context of the English Renaissance
- Knowledge of early modern theatrical history
- Familiarity with primary research resources for renaisssance literary scholarship.