Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Special Author: Christopher Marlowe

Module Q3011

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Variously demonised and celebrated as an atheist, sodomite, spy, poetic innovator and dramatic phenomenon - and violently killed at the age of 29 - Christopher Marlowe and his work still have the power to shock and surprise in the twenty first century. This module will offer the opportunity to explore his extraordinary poetry and drama in its entirety, from his remarkable debut on the professional stage with Tamburlaine, to his invention of the English history play with Edward II, to his development of Ovidian narrative verse and the lyric in English (and their erotic preoccupations). Exploring the career of this poet and playwright alongside the contexts, content and form of the work he produced, this module will offer a chance to consider in detail this 'most enigmatic genius of the English literary Renaissance'.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the formal and generic developments of a named author's work

Understand how the work has been shaped by the social, historical and intellectual contexts in which it was produced.

Through critical analysis of a range of the author¿s writing over his/her career, demonstrate an understanding of how his/her literary reputation was established and has been maintained.

Organise complex material into an essay that illustrates independent research.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 100.00%

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 SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111
Autumn SemesterWorkshop1 hour111111111111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Prof Matthew Dimmock

Assess convenor, Convenor

Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

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