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; minimum 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--particularly those derisively referred to as "Hot Protestants"--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 and religious 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.
|MWF||10:50 - 11:40||LAFAYETTE HALL L210|
Instructor(s): Elizabeth Ann Fenton
Meeting Dates: 27 Aug 2018 - 07 Dec 2018