Literature 1510-1660: Rethinking the Renaissance ENGLIT4086

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to a range of early modern English drama, poetry, and prose. Students will explore topics such as theatricality, religion, rhetoric, politics, identity, sex and gender, race and empire. The course gives prominence to under-studied authors, to female authors, and to the materiality of the text.


 10 x 1 hr lecture per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus


7 x 1.5hr seminar (weeks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11)


This is one of the Honours options in English Literature and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Literature, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ENGLIT4013  Literature 1510-1660




Commonplace Book or Editing Project (1500 words): 25%

Essay (3000 words): 50%

Seminar contribution: 10%

Seminar presentation of 7 minutes: 15%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ increase students' literary knowledge and awareness of the early modern period.

■ engage with recent scholarly developments in the fields of race, colonialism and LGBTQ pedagogy

■ work with Archives and Special Collections

■ understand aspects of the general context within which works of literature in the early modern period are produced.

■ use awareness  of literary contexts to construct and develop individually selected areas of specialised enquiry.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ write and speak with perception and sensitivity about a range of selected early modern authors, texts, and genres.

■ employ contemporary methods of information retrieval.

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

■ deal with change and new challenges by applying their disciplinary skills and knowledge to previously unfamiliar research areas and questions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.