Topics


Arguments regarding the value of poetry; defenses of the vernacular as suitable for poetry and biblical translation; poetic agency, or the capacity of fiction to shape readers’ moral character; deviant speech and language crimes.

 

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Objectives


The purpose of this course is to improve students’ skills of literary analysis while introducing them to ideas about language in the early modern period that inform attitudes toward the social value of literature.

 

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Organisation


Lecture and discussion

 

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Assessment


Assessment for the course is 100% coursework.  This is made up of

40% midterm writing assignment
50% final writing assignment
10% participation

 

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Texts


Key texts:

Readings will include selections from some the following:

Plato, The Republic
Aristotle, Poetics
Horace, Ars poetica
Spenser – The Shepheardes Calender
Sidney, An Apologie for Poetrie
Pope, Essay on Criticism
Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

All material originally not in English will be available in translation.

 

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Last updated: 21 July 2017