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ENGL6985: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

The unit explores important works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the contexts of late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century England. The unit will analyse the texts and authors in relation to one another to uncover key discourses of the period relating to politics, humanism, drama, poetry, gender and genre. Students will gain valuable insights into the literary and cultural richness of the period and come to a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's relevance and significance in his day.

Code ENGL6985
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. the development of skills in critical reading, through a particular focus on the demands of reading early modern dramatic texts
  • LO2. the ability to write, in an informed and critical way, on the relationships between Shakespeare and other dramatists from the early modern period
  • LO3. the fostering of skills and habits of critical thinking through engaging with complex literary texts and the various ways in which they have been theorized

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.