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EN5301   The Continental Renaissance

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged

English literature did not develop in isolation, but in response to continental writing. This module will investigate the relationship between the literature of the English Renaissance and the European vernaculars of the period. It will examine continental texts, their early modern English translations, and English work influenced by them. Possible topics for discussion include: Petrarch's sonnets and their English imitators and adaptors; Ariosto's Orlando Furioso; the political writing of Machiavelli; theories of translation; and Castiglione's Libro del Cortegiano and its influence. All texts will be taught in English.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5 hour seminar (x 8 weeks)

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: One new submission equivalent in length and nature to the failed piece of coursework.  The piece submitted for reassessment must be entirely new work.


Module coordinator: Dr G J Pertile
Module teaching staff: Team taught