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Unit information: Literature 2 (1500-1700) for Joint Honours in 2015/16

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Unit name Literature 2 (1500-1700) for Joint Honours
Unit code ENGL20203
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Karlin
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit focuses on the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Poets to be studied might include Wyatt, Spenser, Sidney, Donne, Jonson, Herbert, Cowley, Marvell, Milton, Rochester, or Dryden; dramatists might include Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, or Middleton; prose writers might include Sidney, Bacon, or Bunyan.


The aim of this unit is to give students a grounding in literature of the 16th and 17th centuries; to give students an understanding of the distinctive qualities of literature of this period; and to give students an understading of the distinctive qualities of some important writers of the period.

Intended learning outcomes

Learning objectives include the ability to develop and express, in lucid and correct prose, cogent arguments in essays; the ability to select and analyse pertinent passages from the literary text that would support such arguments; the ability to make intelligent use of secondary criticism and theoretical perspectives (where appropriate); mastery of the technical vocabulary and analytical tools of literary criticism and of the conventions of academic style and referencing.

Teaching details

3 lectures and 1 tutorial a week, plus 1-to-1 discussions in consultation hours where desired.

Assessment Details

2 summative essays:

  • 1 essay of 1,000 words max (33%)
  • 1 essay of 2,000 words max (66%)

Reading and References

Detailed reading lists will be provided by individual tutors prior to the start of teaching.