English 115A

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Marno, David
TuTh 5-6:30 SSB 60

Book List

Greenblatt, Stephen: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume B: The Sixteenth and the Early Seventeenth Centuries

Description

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 thoughts and feelings, impressions 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, Anne Locke, William Shakespeare, Mary Sidney, and John Donne, among others. 


Text: Greenblatt, ed., The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume B: The Sixteenth and the Early Seventeenth Century; additional readings will be available on BCourses.

 


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