English 115B

The English Renaissance (17th Century)

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Kahn, Victoria
TTh 3:30-5 206 Dwinelle

Book List

Rudrum, Alan: Broadview Anthology of Seventtent-Century Verse and Prose: VOL 1 only: VERSE


An introduction to one of the great ages of English literature, focusing on works by John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Thomas Hobbes, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, Robert Herrick, Margaret Cavendish, Katharine Phillips. We will discuss the relationship between literature and the court of James I, the explosion of pamphlet literature during the English civil war, the controversy over gender roles, the texts surrounding the regicide of Charles I, and the political, religious, and sexual radicalism of dissenting literary culture.

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

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