Love and Desire in Early Modern England (ENGL2658)


This unit is an introduction to texts and concepts of the early modern period (1550-1750). It specifically looks at the languages used to investigate love and desire in early modernity. Students will explore works by Shakespeare and other male and female writers and be encouraged to discover relationships between emotion, reason, poetic language, rhetoric, politics and sexuality.

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2x1-hr lectures/week,
1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd essay (25%), 1x1500wd essay (40%), 1x1500wd take-home exercise (35%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001)

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