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Advanced Study Option: Critical Foundations of Renaissance Studies

This module will be taught in-person only (room tbc). Module code: RS907-30


This module, taught by Professor David Lines, will offer an overview of major developments and live critical methodologies across some disciplines in Renaissance Studies. Its aim is to provide a foundational awareness of selected approaches that have influenced (and continue to influence) the field. Attention will be paid, among others, to the development of the field of Renaissance Studies through to recent trends and orientations. By the end of the module, participants should have a clearer awareness of some of the key personalities and approaches that have shaped the study of the Renaissance, in fields such as history, literature, art history, and the history of classical reception. Although Italy is central to this module, we shall try as much as possible to consider the broader European picture as well.

For a full syllabus, including a schedule and list of readings, see the link on the right side of this page. MPhil/PhD students are welcome to audit this module, as long as they come having done the readings and sign up to do one presentation in the course of the term. This class can be taken for credit or *audit. Assessment on this module requires that you produce one 5,000 word essay at some point after the end of the module, submission dates / essay questions are yet to be confirmed.

*Auditing a module allows a student to take a class for which no assessment of the performance of the student is made nor grade awarded. A student who audits a course does so for the purposes of self-enrichment and academic exploration. This option is offered ONLY on a space-available basis with the approval of the class tutor / personal tutor or DGS.

Syllabus and Reading List
Essay Questions tbc