Desire and Power: English Literature 1570-1640 (EAS2026)

30 credits

This module introduces you to a wide range of literature written during a crucial turning point in the English Renaissance, when society was undergoing enormous change and upheaval at every level. It covers the work of dramatists, such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Webster; poets, including Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Wroth, Spenser, Sidney, and Donne; and inventive prose writers like Rachel Speght, Thomas Nashe and Francis Bacon. It deals with constructions of race, sexual-ity, and disability; explores issues of cultural contact and migration; examines the role of literature in upholding and sub-verting authority; and investigates the representation and meanings of violence.