Renaissance Wordplay

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Renaissance Wordplay

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    Writers of the English Renaissance are renowned for their virtuostic use of language. Critics and readers often describe the particular brilliance of Early Modern English texts, their elaborate puns and metaphors, crystalline images, striking diction, formal inventiveness, and hidden layers of meaning. This module explores wordplay, in its many senses, in the English Renaissance, and will help students to build a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of writing. Focusing largely on seventeenth-century texts, we will explore the literary contexts for some of the greatest poetry and prose written in English, from Donne to Milton. Building upon the first-year Introduction to Renaissance Literature, these lectures and seminars will approach the literature of Early Modern England from the point of view of its language, focusing on the most fundamental level: that of the word itself.

    Study abroad entry requirement: None

    Credit level: 5

    Teaching pattern:
    One lecture and one seminar weekly

    Assessment: coursework

    Portfolio of 4 x 1000-word essays

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