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Renaissance Literature & Culture cancelled

ENGL 031.001

Although nearly every age in English history could lay claim to being a period of significant transformation, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England were especially tumultuous.  By examining literary and select non-literary texts in their historical contexts, we will focus on several key areas of conflict and change during this period: power politics, freedom of religion, class mobility, and gender roles.  Among others, our topics will include royal absolutism, resistance theories, and nascent republicanism; the persecution of heresy, and the Reformation; the enclosure crisis, class mobility, and the inflation of honors; female rule, and marital conduct.  We will study such authors as Bacon, Donne, Elizabeth I, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, More, Spenser, Shakespeare, Tyndale, Waller, and Wyatt.

fulfills requirements
Sector 3: Early Literature to 1660 of the Standard Major