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EL2846 - Heroism and Humanism: Shakespeare and the English Renaissance

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject is about the first golden age of English literature: the 17th century, from Shakespeare to Milton. It makes sense of a wealth of material by following across the period changing attitudes to the heroic ethos, on the one hand, and to humanistic values, on the other. It watches as feudalism gives way to the bourgeois and faith is modified by science. Above all it sees the Renaissance ideal come up against limits which that ideal itself discovered.

Learning Outcomes

  • to broaden and intensify the literary-critical skills and understanding attained by students at earlier levels, particularly where essay writing is concerned;
  • to attain a full and close understanding of particular set texts;
  • to develop a reasonable understanding of some of the cultural, historial and intellectual background to the English Renaissance;
  • to map the development of English literature from the accession of Henry VIII in 1509 to the publication of Paradise Lost in 1674.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
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