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EN4345 Hard Cases: Literary Complexity from Donne to Pope

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Mon

During the English Renaissance it was widely understood that literature ought to 'instruct by pleasing'. This module is concerned with those writers and texts that seem to ignore this imperative. Why, we will ask, do writers from John Donne to Alexander Pope go out of their way to challenge or baffle or confuse or overwhelm their readers? What are the forms, conditions, and uses of literary complexity? This module might alternatively be called 'How To Read Hard Renaissance Texts.' Likely authors studied will include Donne, Marvell, Cavendish, Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope. (Group B)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group B Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 40%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 60%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M C Augustine
Module teaching staff:Dr M C Augustine