• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ian Higgins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ENGL6020
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

This course is no longer required for admission to English Honours.

A study of selected poetry, prose and drama from the late 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The course involves the analysis of literary works and investigation of germane contexts (literary, social and political). Authors to be studied will include Shakespeare, Donne, Marvell, Milton, Rochester, Behn, Dryden, Swift, Pope, Gay and Johnson.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts of the literature of this period to some major authors, works, and genres
  2. Identify key elements that are distinctive to the artistic achievement of early modern writers
  3. Reflect and write analytically about the literary texts and their contexts
  4. Develop their own skills of literary critical analysis

Indicative Assessment

2 x 2000 word essays (50% each) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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One 1.5 hour lecture, one 1 hour tutorial, and 7.5 hours of associated study time per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level English (ENGL) Courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with ENGL6020

Prescribed Texts

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Ninth Edition, Volume B The Sixteenth/The Early Seventeenth Century and Volume C The Restoration and The Eighteenth Century.

Preliminary Reading

Shakespeare, W., Twelfth Night

Indicative Reading List

Works by the set authors in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Ninth Edition, Volumes B and C.

Assumed Knowledge

The knowledge and skills acquired from completing two English courses successfully.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9481 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3580 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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