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120008 VO Survey of Literatures in English 1 (2011S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 27.05. 08:00 - 10:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Friday 10.06. 08:00 - 10:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Friday 17.06. 08:00 - 10:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides a historical survey of the Tudor and Stuart reigns and looks at the roles played by religion, the voyages of discovery and the cult of Queen Elizabeth. A brief outline of the Elizabethan world picture as presented by Tillyard will be the starting point for a presentation of some more recent literary theories that are especially relevant to Renaissance studies, above all New Historicism. The discussion of the literature includes the four major genres, starting with 16th century prose fiction and the epic. Poetry will mainly be discussed in terms of the development and analysis of the sonnet, but will also include poems by the Metaphysical Poets. The development of drama will be traced from its medieval origins to the closing of the theatres by the Puritans and will mainly focus on plays by Marlowe and Shakespeare.

Assessment and permitted materials

There will be a written examination at the end of the term covering the required reading and the issues discussed.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

knowledge of the literature and culture of Tudor and Stuart England, familiarity with Renaissance literary genres, with literary theory, in particular New Historicism

Examination topics

lecture, eLearning, audio-presentation of sonnets, video extracts, exemplary analysis of individual texts

Reading list

Christopher Marlowe: Tamburlaine (Parts I and II)
William Shakespeare: Macbeth, Midsummer Night's Dream (all available in paperback editions)
A reader with key passages from prose fiction and epic and the poetry dealt with during the term will be provided. Basic material will be available on the University of Vienna eLearning platform Fronter.

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, BA 612, EC 123, EC 125, EC 126;
Code/Modul: 302, BA9;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0101

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