ENG20450 Writing and Performance in the Age of Shakespeare: Renaissance Literature

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module is designed as an introduction to the writing of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Reading Shakespeare's plays and poems alongside the work of other key writers of the Tudor and Stuart period, this module will examine Renaissance drama and poetry in the light of contemporary writing and performance practices. Key preoccupations of the age will be investigated, amongst them the representation of the self and intimate relationships, the portrayal of outsiders and ethnic Others (including the Irish), the struggles of imperialism, the problems of monarchy, the controversies surrounding religion, and the pressures of urban life. The writings of Shakespeare and his contemporaries will thus be situated in dynamic relation to their Renaissance contexts. As an introduction to the period, this module will provide a good foundation for further study of Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Level Three and beyond.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate: 1. knowledge and critical understanding of a spectrum of Renaissance writings in different dramatic and poetic genres; 2. a sophisticated understanding of the way literature and history are mutually constituting in this period; 3. the ability to situate a range of Renaissance texts in their writing, reading, and performance contexts, showing how this deepens understanding of the texts; 4. the ability to critically analyse the language and practice of Renaissance drama and poetry; 5. thoughtful engagement with key critical and theoretical debates in the field.

Indicative Module Content:

Module content will derive primarily from the Norton Anthology of English Literature (The Sixteenth Century/Early Seventeenth Century volume).

Indicative (but *provisional*) content includes:
Thomas More, Utopia
Marlowe, Dr Faustus
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Shakespeare, Henry V
Sonnets and poems by Edmund Spenser, Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney, Aemilia Lanyer, John Donne, George Herbert, Queen Elizabeth, Christopher Marlowe, John Milton.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

12

Small Group

12

Specified Learning Activities

36

Autonomous Student Learning

40

Total

100

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly lectures and weekly workshops (encompassing groupwork and peer learning). 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Successful completion of Literature in Context 1 is recommended for this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
ENG31260 - Renaissance Literature (EVENIN

Equivalents:
Renaissance Literature (ENG30010)

 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 3,000-word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

60

Attendance: Attendance at and contribution to weekly workshops Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

10

Continuous Assessment: Short writing exercises Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

30


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group feedback post-assessment of short exercises. Optional individual essay feedback available to students in the following trimester.

Name Role
Professor Danielle Clarke Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Jane Grogan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Naomi McAreavey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Jenny Cryar Tutor
Dr Darragh Greene Tutor
Dr Colin Lahive Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Autumn
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 3 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 4 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Small Group Offering 5 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 7 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Small Group Offering 9 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Small Group Offering 10 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Small Group Offering 11 Week(s) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Autumn