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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 392M • Intro to Early Modern Studies

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33700 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 22

Course Description

This course will introduce students to major works, modes, and themes of the English Renaissance. As part of our examination, we will pay close attention to various critical genres concerned with Renaissance-- or "early modern" literature, including new historicism, psychoanalytic criticism, feminist criticism, postcolonial criticism, and the new formalism. Print culture will take a special place in our discussions; to this end, we will hold several seminar meetings in the Harry Ransom Center, acquainting ourselves with the basics of early modern publishing and printing. As a field survey, this course is designed to appeal not only to students who wish to perform research into early modern texts and culture, but also to those who wish to ground themselves in the major texts of this era as a prelude to leading survey courses of their own.


Selected Texts: More, Utopia; Wyatt and Surrey, selected lyrics; Sidney, Astrophel and Stella, the Apology; The Arcadia; Spenser, The Faerie Queene (selections); Marlowe, Doctor Faustus; Bacon, Essays (selections); Wroth, Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, the Urania (selections); John Donne, Songs and Sonnets (selections); Andrewes, Adams, and others, selected sermons; Jonson, The Alchemist; Middleton and Rowley, The Changeling.


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