• Class Number 7561
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Claire Hansen
    • Dr Claire Hansen
    • Dr Kate Flaherty
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Emma Rayner
SELT Survey Results

Early Modern to Eighteenth Century Literature studies selected poetry, prose and drama from the late 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. This 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 as well as less well-known writers and popular texts that often circulated anonymously or pseudonymously.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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; and
  5. understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to literary studies.

Required Resources

Many of the set readings will be provided on Wattle. It is recommended that you source your own copies of:

  • Titus Andronicus (William Shakespeare & George Peele)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (William Shakespeare)
  • As You Like It (William Shakespeare)
  • The City Heiress (Aphra Behn)
  • The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster)
  • The Tempest (William Shakespeare)

The Wattle site will provide some recommendations for free digital editions.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • summary verbal feedback on Task 1 to the whole class in lectures and tutorials
  • written comments on essays submitted on time for Task 1 and Task 2

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Additional referencing requirements

You must reference all sources, whether quoted directly or used indirectly as a source of information or ideas. References should follow the guidelines below:


  • If they do not exceed two or three lines, quotations should appear in the text in inverted commas, ‘like this’.
  • If quotations are longer, they should be set apart from the main text (skip a line), without inverted commas, indented and single spaced.
  • Deletions from quotations should be indicated by three full stops … and additions by yourself should be enclosed in square brackets [thus].
  • For quotations within quotations use double inverted commas.
  • All quotations from books should be followed by a reference; for poems: section and /or line reference ‘(line 26)’; for plays: act, scene, and line number, e.g. (2.3.45-48); for novels and other prose works by page number, e.g. (p. 45) or (pp. 45-50)
  • Quotations from poems or dramatic verse should preserve the verse structure by replicating it as in the text or by using a forward slash (/) and capital letter to signify a new line

Titles of works referred to:

a) Titles of books, plays and films, long poems, and periodicals should be italicized.

b) Titles of chapters, articles, essays, short stories and short poems in collections or periodicals should be in ‘inverted commas’

Citation of sources

Sources must be correctly cited, both primary and secondary works. It is also recommended that you cite your lecturer if you are drawing an idea directly from a lecture: (Lecturer’s surname, Lecture, date). This promotes independent argument as you develop or challenge ideas put forward in lectures.

You are welcome to use in-text citation or footnotes. Simply ensure that whichever system you use is clear, consistent and provides sufficient information for the reader to find the sources of the reference.

On matters of style and presentation see: The MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors and Writers of Theses (London: Modern Humanities Research Association). It can be accessed at www.mhra.org.uk

A useful summary of the Footnote/Bibliography or Oxford referencing system is available here: http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/refbib.html

A useful summary of the in-text (MLA) system of referencing is available here:



Append a bibliography to your essay listing primary and secondary sources used in writing your essay. For an example of one system of listing books and articles etc.:

Citing a book: Last name, First name, Title (city or place of publication: publisher, date of publication). Example: McCloud, Scott, Understanding Comics (New York: Harper, 1994).

Citing a chapter or article in a book: Author Last name, First name, ‘Chapter/Article Title’, in Editor First name Last name, ed., Book title (place of publication: publisher, date of publication), page numbers. Example: Crawford, Chris, ‘Interactive Storytelling’, in Mark J. P. Wolf and Bernard Perron, eds., The Video Game Theory Reader (New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 259-74.

Citing a journal article: Last name, First name, ‘Article title’, Journal Title, volume number, issue number (year of publication), page numbers. Example: Giroux, Henry A, ‘Neoliberalism and the Disappearance of the Social in Ghost World’, Third Text, 17, no. 2 (2003), 151-61

Citing a magazine/newspaper/journal article from an online source: Author Last name, First name, ‘Article Title’, Publication Title or Name of Website. Day month year of publication/posting. Exact URL of content (not the main webpage). Accessed: date you accessed the article. Example: Doane, Rex, ‘A Conversation with Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes’, Salon.com. 27 July 2001. http://dir.salon.com/people/conv/2001/07/27/zwigoff Accessed 30 June 2005_clowes/index.html?pn=1

Citing a film: Film Title. Dir. Director’s first name last name. Distributor or production company, year of release. Example: On Our Selection. Dir. Ken G. Hall. Cinesound, 1932

General guidelines for writing essays:

  • Try to find a question or topic that interests you
  • Present a coherent argument addressed to the question or focused on the topic
  • Support all claims with evidence and argument
  • Read widely, inform yourself about the field or topic of enquiry, but don’t simply parrot the views expressed in published sources
  • Be selective in the material that you use. Don’t just cram everything into an essay
  • The main argument should reflect your own ideas, but draw on or respond to other arguments or sources of information where relevant

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture: Introduction to early modern ecocriticism Tutorials begin this week. Reading: Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare, Peele); selected poetry (on Wattle)
2 Lecture:The Taming of the Shrew 1: Environments of early modern theatre & the more-than-human world Reading: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare)
3 Lecture: The Taming of the Shrew 2: Taming strategies and adaptations Reading: The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare)
4 Lecture: Introducing the pastoral in early modern poetry Reading: Selected poetry (on Wattle) Assessment: Creative Work (Task 2)
5 Lecture: The pastoral in As You Like It (William Shakespeare) (Guest Lecture: Dr Kate Flaherty) Reading: As You Like It (Shakespeare)
6 Lecture: Urban place and The City Heiress (Aphra Behn) (Guest Lecture: Dr Kate Flaherty) Reading: The City Heiress (Behn) Assessment: Journal: Part 1 (Task 1)
7 Lecture: Shakespeare in the city: Coriolanus Reading: Coriolanus (Shakespeare)
8 Lecture: Introduction to Early Modern Women Writers: Gendered Place and Space (Guest Lecture: Emma Rayner) Reading: Selection of sonnets by early modern women (available on Wattle)
9 Lecture: Ecology of Affect: John Webster’s Duchess of Malfi and Hester Pulter’s Poems (Guest Lecture: Emma Rayner) Reading: The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster); selected poems of Hester Pulter (on Wattle)
10 Lecture: Blue Humanities 1: Introducing the Blue Humanities and The Tempest Reading: The Tempest (Shakespeare) Assessment: Essay Argument (Task 3)
11 Lecture: Blue Humanities 2: Early modern weather and climate Reading: The Tempest (Shakespeare); extracts of selected poems and poetry (on Wattle)
12 Lecture: Early modern literature and today's environment: the future of ecocritical studies Reading: Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare, Peele); extracts of selected plays and poems (on Wattle) Assessment: Journal: Part 2 (Task 1)
13 Assessment: Essay (Task 4)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Early modern environments journal (30%) 30 % 1, 2, 3
Creative Work (20%) 20 % 1, 3, 4
Essay Argument (10%) 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay (40%) 40 % 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Early modern environments journal (30%)

Across the course of the semester, you will write a weekly early modern environments journal. This journal is based on two things: (1) your engagement with the texts you read in ENGL3005, and (2) your understanding of environments and place (your own and in the early modern period). This assessment task will support your critical thinking of the relationship between the environment and early modern literature. The journal will also help to develop your knowledge of primary texts, scholars and theories introduced across the course which will support Assessment Tasks 3 and 4.

Submission dates: Friday 2 September (Week 6); Friday 28 October (Week 12)

Word length: 1500 words (approx. 150 words per entry)

Weighting: 30%

Submission portal: Turnitin

You must complete a weekly journal entry for 10 weeks of the course (5 entries to be submitted in Week 6, and 5 entries to be submitted in Week 12).

Journal prompts and the journal rubric will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Creative Work (20%)

You have the opportunity to creatively examineThe Taming of the Shrew; tackling one of the play’s themes, characters, structural or staging elements in a creative assessment which enables you to apply your knowledge of its historical and cultural contexts and reflect analytically about the play. Your response must demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills.

There are two components to this assessment:

(1) Creative work (500 words or equivalent)

(2) Critical reflection (500 words)

Submission date: Friday 19 August (Week 4)

Word length: 1000 words (or equivalent)

Weighting: 20%

Details and the assessment rubric will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Essay Argument (10%)

To prepare for your Final Essay, you will submit a short essay argument outline for formative feedback.

Submission date: Tuesday 11 October (Week 10)

Word length: 250 words

Weighting: 10%

Details and the assessment rubric will be available on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Essay (40%)

This essay builds on Assessment Task 3 (Essay Argument). Essay questions will be available on Wattle, and students may design their own topic only in consultation with their tutor (this must be done prior to submitting Assessment Task 3).

Submission date: Friday 4 November

Word length: 3000 words

Weighting: 40%

Details and the assessment rubric will be available on Wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Via Turnitin on the Wattle site or from the tutor in class

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students will not be permitted to resubmit essays

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Claire Hansen
+61 2 6125 2768

Research Interests

Shakespeare studies; early modern drama and literature; ecocriticism; blue humanities; medical and health humanities

Dr Claire Hansen

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Dr Claire Hansen

Research Interests

Dr Claire Hansen

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Dr Kate Flaherty

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Dr Kate Flaherty

Emma Rayner

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