• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest Literature
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Amelia Dale
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. (2000 word) essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. (2000 word) essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. (1000 word) critical analysis (20) [LO 5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL3005.

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

As per prescribed texts


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8638 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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