Renaissance To Restoration

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Renaissance To Restoration

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, European Studies, History, Literature, Poetry, Political Science, Religion, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module examines the literature and culture of the English Renaissance and Restoration periods. This dynamic period witnessed the expansion of vernacular English, the development of a literary culture, new concepts of gender and identity, and political and religious turmoil. The module introduces students to a diverse range of writers and literary forms. The module begins by considering ideas of writing that developed in England from the late sixteenth century, before examining the poetry and drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in relation to evolving questions of self-fashioning, political power, cultural difference, gender and also class. Moving into the early seventeenth century, the module considers developments in literary styles through an examination of the sonnets of writers such as Mary Wroth as well as the metaphysical poetry of John Donne. It also assesses how political changes and religious debate are refracted in the work of writers including Andrew Marvell, Milton, and Dryden. By the end of the module, students should have an understanding of the major literary and cultural innovations of the period and the key contexts that informed them.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of major literary and cultural innovations of the English Renaissance and Restoration periods.
    - Demonstrate an ability to read and understand a select number of exemplary texts in close detail
    - Show an ability to situate these texts in relation to each other, the ideas of literary periods and a range of contexts, historical and theoretical.
    - Demonstrate knowledge of the material and historical contexts that shape the making of literature and the circulation of literature
    - Write responses to exam questions, making convincing arguments based on reading primary and secondary texts
    - Identify and use relevant subject-specific electronic resources and other library and archival resources

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 20 hours
    - Independent student activities: 60 hours

    - Continuous Assessment: 50%
    - University scheduled written examination: 50%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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