Navigation auf


English Department

Literary Histories: Renaissance and Early Modern Period (6 ECTS)



Bachelor Major (120 ECTS)

Bachelor Minor (60 ECTS)

Course Type(s)


Module Group English Literature


two-semester module, starting each fall


  • written paper (80%)
  • learning portfolio (20%)
  • graded                                                

Language of Instruction




Students are required to have passed an introductory module in literature at Bachelor-level. The level of English language skills required for this course should correspond to the level achieved on successful completion of the Language Skills and Culture introductory module.
Content This module will introduce students to literary texts - as well as the relevant generic, cultural, and historical contexts - from the Renaissance and/or the early modern period (c. 1550-1789; e.g. Shakespeare, early modern drama, metaphysical poetry, Milton and the English civil war, early American literature, the novel in the eighteenth century, etc.).
Learning outcomes Students will be able to: (a) outline the key historical facts relevant to the topic of their course; (b) explain the interrelationship between this historical context and the primary texts discussed in class; (c) formulate sustained literary critical arguments that take into account the cultural and generic conventions of the time; (d) write mid-length literary critical essays; (e) present the findings of their literary critical and historical research in other formats (e.g. short input papers, posters, visual essays, short presentations, leading a class discussion, etc.); (f) engage in open and constructive academic debates with their peers; (g) list a number of useful techniques to read and understand difficult secondary texts.