ENL 4220: Renaissance Prose & Poetry
Spring 2016 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises


Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: Williams 318
Time: 12.30–1.45 PM
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Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 6I7-379-O987 (Skype) E-mail: dgants(at)fsu.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 9.00-10.30 AM or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Goals. This course will cover the poetry and prose of Britain from the end of the War of the Roses to the beginnings of the English Civil War. We will organize our readings around three different manifestations of Love: 1) Romantic Love, or the various ways in which writers have represented the relations between men and women; 2) Love of God, or the varieties of religious experiences found in literature from this time; and 3) Love of Community, or the literature celebrating tribal, civic, national, and political identities.

Due to the small size of this section, we will take advantage of the instructional time and space it offers by running the course as a seminar rather than a lecture-and-quiz offering. Consequently the emphasis will be on extensive in-class discussion of the readings and formal draft-and-revise writing.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts. This course has one required text:

All other readings will be from on-line sources.

Course Policies.