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• Gain a good understanding of the ‘global Renaissance’ and why it matters
• Learn to test alternative models of literary history
• Learn to re-evaluate ‘known’ authors through a new critical lens
• Develop analytical and research skills for reading historically and critically
• Engage critically with interdisciplinary methods, values and materials
• Develop strong analytical and writing skills through the formative and summative assessment for the module
This modules focusses on the way English literature engages a global imaginary from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century, and interrogates how far such literature should be considered the subject of the new 'global Renaissance studies'.
Our primary material from the period will include the new global cartography and geography, as epitomized in the very first printed atlas; travel plays and plays that engage the materials and practices of travelling the globe; travel accounts of English travellers to the Persian, Ottoman and Mughal empires; poems that cross cultures and seek to imagine new transnational forms; and histories of the books, institutions, imperial and trading structures that supported the early modern global imaginary, from the point of view of Britain and Ireland.
Secondary reading will be crucial to the module's analysis of 'global Renaissance' studies, its opportunities and fallacies, its sources and ambitions. We will work largely from very recent work - a forthcoming special issue of Modern Philology, and the (summer 2021) second edition of the direction-setting Blackwell Companion to the Global Renaissance, edited by Jyotsna G Singh.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: End-of-semester essay, 3000 words, for which an essay plan has first been approved by the module convenor.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Weekly research questions||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Class feedback on essay plans+abstract+bibliography Individual feedback on final essay.