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EL3008: WRITING REVOLT: LITERATURE AND POLITICS IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:09


Course Overview

Literature has the power to reimagine society.  The course will explore how poetry, drama and other literary forms across the century sought new literary approaches to meet the challenges of these times. We will examine different literary strategies adopted by authors to engage with their times, from those who drew upon classical precedent to others who brought new voices, and new publics, into the forum of literature. Texts on the course will vary each year, but will feature such authors as Ben Jonson, John Donne, Katharine Philips, John Milton, Lucy Hutchinson and Samuel Daniel.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Helen Lynch

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • English (EL)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

Course Aims: To promote understanding of the relationship between literature and politics in the seventeenth century To introduce students to a range of literary works in a variety of literary forms To develop awareness of the social contexts for literary production and consumption in the period. Main Learning Outcomes: To enhance understanding of key literary works from across the seventeenth century To develop crtiical awareness of the intersection of politics and literature in the period To be able to examine, verbally in writing and speech, how literary works in a range of literary forms respond to their social and political context. Content: Literature has the power to reimagine society. This is nowhere more apparent than in the turbulent times of the seventeenth century, marked by Civil War, the execution of a King, and religious dissent. The poet Andrew Marvell used a metaphor from the arts to describe how these changes 'cast the Kingdom old/Into another mould'. In this course we will explore how poetry, drama and other literary forms across the century sought new literary approaches to meet the challenges of these times. We will examine the different literary strategies adopted by authors to engage with their times, from those who drew upon classical precedent to others who brought new voices, and new publics, into the forum of literature. Texts on the course will vary from year to year, but will feature such authors as Ben Jonson, John Donne, Katharine Philips, John Milton, Lucy Hutchinson and Samuel Daniel.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

30 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two hour written assessment (40%) 1 coursework essay (50%) SAM (10%) Resit: 1 two-hour examination.

Formative Assessment

Feedback within seminars, on essay-cover sheets and on SAM sheets.

Feedback

Detailed written feedback on the essays. Detailed oral feedback on the presentations.

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