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EN4350   Women and Authorship in Renaissance England

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Thu and 11.00 am Fri

This module examines sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writing by or attributed to English and Scottish women, belonging to a range of secular and devotional genres, in prose and verse, including original compositions and translation. Spanning roughly two hundred years, the texts considered will develop insights into the changing position of women of diverse socio-economic statuses in relation to the evolving category of the author, and the professionalization of print culture. The module will also pay attention to the paratextual framing of authorial voice, influence, patronage and collaboration, to consider the roles women played in early modern cultural production, broadly conceived. The required reading will be set in dialogue with gendered narratives of artistic generation and agency in contemporary Renaissance writing by more canonical figures, as well as printed ephemera, manuscripts and marginalia, and other media.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1x1-hour lecture (x11 weeks), 1x1-hour tutorial (x11 weeks). 2 office hours (x11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 264

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3 hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr H A R Hanson
Module teaching staff: Dr Harriet Archer