Medieval and Renaissance Literature
An introduction to issues in English literary history from the 12th to the 17th century. We will be particularly interested in how drama, lyric, and romance change across what we now consider a major period boundary. What happens to textual representation under the pressure of dramatic historical shifts? How does literary entertainment reflect the differences between “pre-modern” (medieval) and “early modern” (Renaissance) culture? Writers may include the Gawain-poet, Malory, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, and Donne. British, Pre-1700.