Traynor F Iii Hansen
The golden age of English poetry, with poems by Shakespeare, Spenser, Sidney, and others; drama by Marlowe and other early rivals to Shakespeare; prose by Sir Thomas More and the great Elizabethan translators.
This course offers an overview of literature during the second half of the sixteenth century. Readings include texts by Thomas More, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Niccolo Machiavelli, Edmund Spenser, among others, which we will consider in light of the rise of humanism and the reformation—both of which unsettled English culture in complex, and sometimes contradictory, ways. Grading will consist of quizzes, short papers, exams, and participation.
Required texts and editions: The Prince (Niccolo Machiavelli): 978–0199535699 (Oxford) Utopia (Thomas More): 978–0141442327 (Penguin) Doctor Faustus and Other Plays (Christopher Marlowe): 978–0199537068 (Oxford) The Alchemist and Other Plays (Ben Jonson): 978–0199537310 (Oxford) This Stage Play World (Julia Briggs): 978–0192892867 (Oxford) The Fairie Queene (Edmund Spenser): 978–0140422078 (Penguin)
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Combination lecture and discussion.
Class assignments and grading