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EN228 - Seventeenth Century: The First Modern Age of English Literature

  • Module code: EN228
  • Module name: Seventeenth Century: The First Modern Age of English Literature
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module covers one of the most exciting periods of English history. The seventeenth century in England saw two revolutions, huge constitutional changes, the widening of the political and literary classes, and the gradual acceptance of women as authors. This module aims to trace these political and social changes through the literature of the seventeenth century, and consider how these changes themselves transformed literary writing in English. In the process it reads well-known literature in new and exciting ways and looks at some writing that is marginal to the literary canon.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have a real understanding of why people wrote in the seventeenth century, and who read their work and will have acquired knowledge of seventeenth-century writing, both canonical and non-canonica. They will also have developed skill in reading the particular genres and codes of seventeenth-century writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/second/en228

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN228-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay 25%
  Second 2500 word essay 25%
  2-hour examination 50%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
Optional
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature with Intercalated Year (Q301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing with Intercalated Year (QP37) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies with Intercalated Year (QW35) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3