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ENGS 137 – Transatlantic Renaissan Poetry

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Examines poetry, drama, and/or prose of English Renaissance in context of various movements of the Tudor-Stuart period. May repeat for credit with different content. Pre/co-requisites: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.

Section Description: In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, English culture underwent rapid transformation and revolution, one of the effects of which was migration by many of its citizens to the Americas. In this course, we will explore the poetic cultures that emerged in Renaissance England and its early American colonies. Combining the study of form with an investigation of the historical contingencies that shaped the period, we will consider the ways in which poetic expression operates within religious, political, and national contexts. The primary questions we will investigate include: what is a “national” poetry? How do religious convictions impact poetic structure? What happens to poetry when the people of one nation migrate to another location? And how did poets of this era use their craft to address pressing social concerns? By the course’s end, students should have acquired a good sense of this historical period and learned how to discuss the formal properties of verse poetry. Poets covered include: John Donne, George Herbert, Robert Herrick, Lady Mary Wroth, Anne Bradstreet, Michael Wigglesworth, Roger Williams, and Edward Taylor.

CRN: 15747

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 11/30

Days Time Location
TR 13:15 - 14:30 ROWELL N/A HLTH 115

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Ann Fenton

Meeting Dates: 19 Jan 2016 - 04 May 2016