ENGL 441

Studies in Sixteenth Century English Literature

The course addresses the work of English writers of the sixteenth century, especially More, the Sidneys, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare. At different times it focuses on such issues as the consequences of the introduction of the printing press; the status of the poet and the courtier; writing by women; the cult of love and the development of the sonnet; the literature of the "Renaissance" of Humane Learning and the Reformation of the Church; the Bible in English; politics in the Elizabethan drama and epic; and competing styles of comedy and tragedy on the stage.

Prerequisites: ENGL 221