|Optional Courses |
Note: Not all the courses listed below will be offered in any single academic year. The choice of courses will depend on the discretion of the department and the interest of students, with the provision that all major areas are covered.
A study of the language of the period up to 1100 as a prelude to close reading and translation of prose and verse texts.
A study of selected prose and verse texts of the period 1100-1500, including linguistic and literary issues.
The two major authors of the period will be studied through selections from their major work. Their separate uses of allegory, dream, Estates satire and pilgrimage will be studies comparatively.
4. Renaissance Drama Excluding Shakespeare
Selected plays from the works of Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, Jphn Fletcher, John Webster.
5. The Tempest and its Aftermath
This course will look at Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as its colonial and postcolonial re-appropriations. It will begin with a careful reading of the play in its contemporary historical and dramatic contexts, placing it against the Bermuda pamphlets as well as within the politics of the Stuart court, and considering the play’s formal and genetic characteristics. It will then goon to examine the mythicization of the Prospero-Caliban relationship and other elements of the play over centuries of rereading, involving not only interpretation but reworking.
A close study of selections from the religious and secular poetry of Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Traherne, Marvell and Crashaw.
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