Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Period of Literature: 1625-1750

Module Q3133

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module examines the literary production of the period from the autocratic reign of the Stuart king Charles I to the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. At its centre lies the regicide of Charles I in January 1649 - an event T. S. Eliot argued still divided British political society 300 years later. Even now it is a matter of some controversy to refer to the period between 1642 and 1649 as a rebellion or as the English Revolution, and between 1649 and 1660 as the Commonwealth or else as the Interregnum. However it is described, the extraordinary 125 years covered by this module have some claim to be the decisive period in the creation of what we think of as modern politics.

It is also a period of astonishing literary creativity. This is true both in terms of the volume, variety and quality of writing produced, and in terms of radical innovations in styles, in readerships, and in media. This module will include the study of a wide range of poetry, prose and play-texts. At the same time, it will involve trying to understand how this writing came to be produced historically. In particular, it will be concerned with the social life of texts, placing literary artefacts within the network of institutions, practices and beliefs that constitute a culture as a whole.

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.

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Prof Carol Watts

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Prof Matthew Dimmock

Convenor, Assess convenor

Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor

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