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Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will:

  1. gain an understanding of key Shakespearean texts by close analysis and research
  2. gain an understanding, in the same ways, of major non-Shakespearean texts of the English Renaissance 
  3. understand relations between texts by Shakespeare and those by his contemporaries
  4. understand how texts by his contemporaries relate to each other
  5. gain knowledge of how the set texts represent issues and problems.
    • 'Shakespeare' and 'the Renaissance'
    • Competing representations of sexuality in the 1590s
    • Sexuality and selfhood
    • Selfhood and tragedy
    • Imagining east and west
    • Alternative Englands
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ENG360

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

MAQ-ENGX201, or MAQ-ENG211, or MAQ-ENGX206-Gothic Visions: From Sublime to Suburban Gothic , or MAQ-ENGX209-Children's Literature
MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature , or MAQ-ENG110

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as ENG360 Shakespeare and the Renaissance.

The subject considers a broad range of Shakespeare's writings in relation to writings by his contemporaries and by his successors - dramatists as well as non-dramatists. In doing so it examines how those texts at once represent and engage with issues and problems in the culture of early modern, or Renaissance, England. Those issues and problems include, for example, issues of genre and of sexuality in verse of the 1590s, problems evoked in representations of tragic selfhood, problems associated with religious and political conflict and problems arising from English portrayals both of England and of life outside it.

  • Assignment 1 (30%)
  • Assignment 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Test (20%)