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Undergraduate Course: Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to introduce students to different methods of reading literature historically. In order to learn how to place specific textual representations in their wider social and intellectual contexts, students will examine a range of literary genres, encompassing both canonical and non-canonical texts from the medieval period to the late eighteenth century. The texts have been selected to encourage critical engagement with the global dimensions of 'English Literature'.
Course description Each week two lectures will provide an introduction to key texts, with a broad overview of the relevant literary and historical context. They will also explain appropriate terminology and demonstrate how this is used in practice. To consolidate your understanding, you will undertake regular, formative exercises both individually and in small groups to prepare for broader discussion in weekly hour-long tutorials.

The first section of the course will focus on the period 1380-1660 and the second section will address 1660-1788. At the end of each section, you will be expected to demonstrate your reflection upon and application of what you have learned by submitting a 2,500-word essay.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) OR English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements AH/A level English or Scottish Literature or equivalent
Students on the English and Scottish Literature pathways must have taken Literary Studies 1A and 1B. For students who took First Year courses prior to session 2021-22, a pass in English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) or Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016) is an acceptable equivalent.
Students on an English or Scottish Literature pathway must also take Literary Studies 2B.
Students taking Literary Studies 2A as an outside subject must also take Literary Studies 2B
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Essay 1 (2,000 words) 50% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Essay 2 (2,000 words) 50% LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Feedback Individual preparation (weekly) LO 1, 2, 4

Autonomous Learning Groups (weekly) LO 1, 2, 4
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically examine how literary texts from 1380 - 1788 reflect and interrogate national and social contexts, including different political, racial, sexual, gender and class positionings;
  2. understand major formal developments in their literary historical contexts;
  3. produce comparative readings of literary texts that discuss how their form and content are affected by and respond to wider literary and intellectual developments;
  4. evaluate and apply relevant critical approaches to the study of literary texts in their historical context;
  5. effectively make use of a range of university study skills, including close-reading, essay-writing and appropriate scholarly referencing.
Reading List

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Knight's Tale

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

John Donne, Selected Poems

John Milton, Paradise Lost

Aphra Behn, The Rover

Eliza Haywood, Eovaii

Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews

Additional material will be provided in extract.


Beadle R. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre. Cambridge University Press; 2008.

Braunmuller AR. The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama. Cambridge University Press; 2003.

Brown P. A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c.1350-C.1500. Blackwell; 2007.

Cousins, A. D., and Peter Howarth. The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Daems J. Seventeenth Century Literature and Culture. Continuum; 2006.

Richter, David H. Reading the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Wiley Blackwell, 2017

Scanlon L. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100-1500. Cambridge University Press; 2009.

Spacks, Patricia Meyer. Reading Eighteenth-Century Poetry. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Confident critical thinking skills, including the ability to define, understand and assess evidence from multiple sources to make balanced, reasoned judgements;

Flexible self-management capabilities including taking responsibility for learning, by using a range of study skills including digital skills with the confidence to work effectively online and remotely, e.g. taking part in online meetings, collaborating and supporting others online, managing a workload;

Confident communication capabilities in weekly tutorials, with the ability to exchange information in different ways including verbal, non-verbal and in written form;

Flexible collaboration and teamwork.
KeywordsLiterary studies,historical context,poetry,drama,prose
Course organiserDr David Salter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3055
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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