Shakespeare and Contemporaries
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Literature, Literatures in English
Taught In English
"Shakespeare on Film" and "Genre and Literary Analysis"
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
After passing this course, you will: - be skilled at reading early modern literary texts; - be familiar with key aspects of the (cultural) history of early modern England; - be able to relate the literary text to aspects of the historical context; - be able to reflect on the ways this relation has been thought in literary theory.
The overarching question we will be exploring in this course is "How does literature relate to its historical context"? The question asks after the relationships between art and power, between text and history, between aesthetics and ideology. In this course, we will be probing this question in the context of one of the most fascinating historical time frames - the early modern period. We will engage with the literary theory of 'new historicism' to approach this question.
In the period we will be focusing on, roughly from the second half of the sixteenth century to the beginning of the 'long eighteenth century', England first encountered many of the bigger issues that the world is still grappling with today: globalization, colonization, capitalism, ecological crisis, gender trouble, urbanization, to name but a few. It was also a period of momentous religious change, civil wars, and the beheading of a monarch. We will examine how early modern literary texts relate to this historical context.
Seminar. The seminars require your active participation; attendance in the course seminars is therefore compulsory. If you are absent at more than 3 seminars (20%), you cannot pass the course.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
The final grade for this course is based on Canvas assignments (50%) and a final exam (50%). You need to have a pass grade (5.5 or higher) for your final exam in order to pass the course.
RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
Basics of literary analysis and literary terminology.
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