BA Drama and English Literature

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
The Global Renaissance

Course unit fact file
Unit code ENGL31291
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit aims to:

- introduce students to key texts and themes from the Renaissance;

- introduce students to a range of genres including drama, travel writing and memoirs;

- analyse the ways in which the Renaissance was a period of global interactions and exchange which emerged in the literature of the period;

to consider issues like gender and race as they affect the literature and culture of the  Renaissance;

- to engage with selected critical writings pertinent to themes covered, including transculturality and race;

- to develop skills of critical thought, speech, and writing through engagement with primary and secondary materials, oral presentations and written assessments and;

- to develop teamwork skills through engagement in group presentations.

Knowledge and understanding

understand a range of texts from the English Renaissance as well as related secondary materials

discuss Renaissance texts in detail in relation to their global transcultural and historical contexts as well as in relation to current critical and theoretical debates

Intellectual skills

critically engage with a range of texts from the English Renaissance as well as related secondary materials

put forward independent ideas in written and/or oral format and engage in group discussions

Practical skills

identify and locate relevant primary and secondary material

develop the dexterity to produce written work suited to both academic and broader settings

produce and deliver a coherent oral and visual presentation making use of PowerPoint

Transferable skills and personal qualities

present a coherent written and/or oral argument complete with digital/visual aids

put forward independent ideas in group discussions and in oral presentations

introduce unfamiliar material to a wider audience

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Oral communication
Written communication

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 40%
Written assignment (inc essay) 60%

Feedback methods

Peer feedback within seminar one week prior to submission.

Written feedback from instructor two weeks after submission.

Written feedback three weeks following submission.

In person feedback during office hours or by appointment.

Recommended reading

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great

Ben Jonson, The Masque of Blackness

Thomas Middleton, The Triumphs of Honour and Industry

Alexander Ross, The Alcoran of Mahomet

George Wilkins, John Day and William Rowley, The Travels of the Three English Brothers

Don Juan, Las Relaciones de Don Juan de Persia

Gulbadan Begam, Humayunnama

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lubaaba Al-Azami Unit coordinator

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