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123020 VO Literature Survey 1 (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Tu 19.01. 13:15-14:45 Digital



Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

UPDATE on 27 Oct:
In view of the current public health situation, the hybrid sessions will be taught as online sessions only. The final test is still planned as an on-site exam.

This will be a hybrid course: mixture of online and on-site sessions
On-site sessions on the following dates (+ synchronous recording):
6 Oct
3 Nov
All other sessions will be online.

Tuesday 06.10. 13:15 - 14:45 BIG-Hörsaal Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
Hybride Lehre
Tuesday 13.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 13:15 - 14:45 BIG-Hörsaal Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 1 Hof 1
Hybride Lehre
Tuesday 10.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides a historical survey of the Tudor and Stuart reigns with a focus on Queen Elizabeth. A brief outline of Tillyard's Elizabethan world picture will be the starting point for presenting the main tenets of 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 metaphysical poems. The development of drama will be traced from its medieval origins to the closing of the theatres by the Puritans with a special emphasis on plays by Marlowe and Shakespeare. Playhouses, performing conditions, acting companies and audiences in Elizabethan and Jacobean London will also be looked at in this context.
Aims: knowledge of early modern English literature and culture, familiarity with Renaissance literary genres, with Shakespearean drama and the early modern stage
Methods: lecture, eLearning, audio-presentation of poems, film clips, exemplary analysis of individual texts
This will be a hybrid course, i.e. a mixture of on-site and online sessions.

Assessment and permitted materials

There will be a final written exam at the end of the term covering the required reading and the issues discussed in class.
Whether the exam will take place on-site or online will be decided in the course of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The exam consists of 2 parts (with 20 points each) which both need to be positive.
Part 1: short and precise answers to some 10 to 15 questions
Part 2: well-structured coherent essay-like text (about 450 words)
minimum score to pass: 21 out of 40 points; 10.5 in each part
40.0 - 36.0 = 1
35.5 - 31.5 = 2
31.0 - 26.5 = 3
26.0 - 21.0 = 4
20.5 - 0 = 5

Examination topics

The required reading and the topics covered in class

Reading list

Books to buy (e.g. at Facultas on Campus):
Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Part 1
William Shakespeare, Richard II
William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

The poems and the extracts from epic and prose works will be made available at the beginning of term as pdf-files on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, EC 125, EC 126; BEd 046
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.3-302, BA08.1; BEd Modul 10
Lehrinhalt: 12-3020

Last modified: Mo 09.11.2020 12:28