English 115A

The English Renaissance (through the 16th century)

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2014 Marno, David
MWF 3-4 166 Barrows

Book List

Greenblatt, Stephen: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Ninth Edition, Volume B: The Sixteenth and the Seventeenth Century; Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream


In this course, we follow how English authors from Thomas More to John Donne participated in the grand cultural project of the Renaissance, defined by the belief that consuming and producing culture would elevate human beings above their natural state. Many of our authors supported the project; some opposed it fervently. But willingly or not, everyone we read during the semester contributed to it, if only by virtue of recording their impressions, thoughts, feelings, and fancies in writing. Our aim in the course is to understand both the project of the Renaissance and the beliefs behind it by looking at the works of Francis Petrarch, Thomas Wyatt, Mary Sidney, William Shakespeare, and John Donne, among others.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

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