Late Medieval to Early Modern Literature
Area of Study
Taught In English
Successful completion of introductory level English literature study
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module provides an introduction to the literary culture of England during the years
1380-1650. This module considers medieval and early modern English texts in relation to
influential works from the Continent (mostly from Italy, the ?birthplace of the
Renaissance?) and by situating canonical literature in relation to non-canonical writings
of the medieval and early modern periods. You will begin by examining poetry and drama
written in the late-Medieval period, including some of Chaucer?s Canterbury Tales.
The rest of the autumn semester will focus on medieval drama ? from mystery plays to
morality plays ? highlighting continuity and change with later, Renaissance drama. It will
also study English literature and culture in the fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries in
relation to Continental influences. Because Shakespeare?s Richard II is a Renaissance play
whose action takes place in the medieval period, this play provides a pivotal middle point
between the autumn and spring semesters.
The second semester considers the mid-sixteenth century and continues with plays,
poetry, prose and cultural documents framed on one side by the Edwardian Reformation
and on the other by the English Civil War.
AUTUMN SEMESTER LECTURES:
Introduction and Medieval Lyrics, Breton Lays, Chaucer I, Chaucer II: Representing
Women, Chaucerian Intertexts, Medieval Drama: Introduction and Mystery Plays,
Medieval Drama: Mystery Plays, Medieval Drama: Morality Plays I, Morality Plays II,
Transmitting the Renaissance.
SPRING SEMESTER LECTURES:
Envisioning the Renaissance, fashioning a Gentleman, The Humanist Household,
Petrarchism I, Petrarchism II , Petrarchism III, The Limits of Petrarchism, Women and the
Religious Lyric, Elizabethan Epyllia, Jacobean Drama and the End of Things, Last Things.
Lectures/workshops and seminars
STUDY OPTION 1: Portfolio of written exercises:
1) Two take-home exams, one per semester, each of approximately 1,000 words
2) A 2,000-word Final Essay that considers one or more of the texts studied in the
STUDY OPTION 2: portfolio (some elements as those for Study Option 1).
STUDY OPTION 3: portfolio (some elements as those for Study Option 1).
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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