Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Period of Literature: 1500-1625

Module Q3131

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module studies literature from the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I, and James I. The volume, variety and quality of writing produced in this period are astonishing. The sixteenth century saw the impact of an unprecedented expansion of England's capital city which produced a thriving environment for professional writing, prompting the birth of commercial theatre in London and a flourishing book trade. The module examines how literature came to be produced historically and to facilitate this, it looks at writing in its cultural setting with the help of visual texts such as paintings and architecture. It addresses questions of literary history and theory, form and rhetoric, within the network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute a culture as a whole. The module does not confine itself to major authors, but involves the consideration of appropriate themes and material drawn from various literary genres - drama, poetry and prose. The topics explored include the rise of the commercial stage; sexualities and the transvestite stage; writing history; popular pamphlet culture; representations of the body; exploration and early colonialism; the sonnet; erotic writing; devotional writing; the city of London and money; religion; gender; death; representations of monarchy; the political stage; revenge tragedy; witchcraft and the birth of science.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the connections between literature, both dominant and marginal, and its social, cultural, intellectual and historical contexts.

Communicate effectively a critical and contextual understanding of the practice of literature in the period as exemplified in appropriate textual instances.

Assess and explain aspects of the relationship between the contexts of literature and developments in genre and representation.

Demonstrate an awareness of current reflections on and debates about the period of study.

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment60.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT1 Week 8 75.00%
PresentationT1 Week 12 (10 minutes)25.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Ms Anne Crawford

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Dr Chloe Porter

Convenor, Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

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