ENGL 33900 Early Modern Literature

GE-Human Culture: Literature The Early Modern period spans from the end of the Middle Ages through the 17th century, and many people call it “the Renaissance.” We often think that the Renaissance only occurred in Italy, but we’ll find that it’s better to think of a series of “renaissances” throughout Europe. There are many different cultural, ethnic, and regional literatures to explore, a variety of themes, genres, and critical lenses, and—of course—no end of authors for us to investigate. This course will challenge you to read these texts in their socio-historical and political contexts, with attention to what they can reveal to us about the civilizations that produced them, and also, what they can reveal to us about ourselves in our own time.




ENGL 17000 with a C or better.