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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon Semester 2016
Course Coordinator and Team: TBD
Email of course coordinator: TBD
The Renaissance is an important historical era, and any study of the humanities is incomplete without the knowledge of this time. This course will enable students to understand the changes the Renaissance witnessed and also understand the repercussions of these changes in the history of humankind. Through the study of the Art and Literature of this time period, the course aims to engage the students’ with the cultural production of that time while educating and sensitizing her to the larger implication of that body of work.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1| Introduction
The course will introduce the Renaissance through Hans Holbein’s painting The Ambassadors. Some of the key concepts and issues that will be discussed are:
Periodisation and the idea of Renaissance
Beginnings of Renaissance via art
Political history of the period
Module 2| Poetry
This module will study the development and growth of the dominant poetic form of the age, the Sonnet as well as other lyric forms through the works of representative poets. It will also discuss the nature of courtly and love poetry written during the Renaissance.
Sonnets by Petrarch (translated by Thomas Wyatt): “The Long Love That in My Thought Doth Harbor”; “My Galley”
Thomas Wyatt: “Farewell Love”;“Whoso list to hunt”
Philip Sidney, Any three sonnets from Astrophil and Stella (Sonnet I, XV, XXVII, XXXIV, XLI, XLV, II, V, XXXVIII, CVII)
Edmund Spenser, Selections from Amoretti (34 and 67)
Shakespeare: Sonnets 55, 130, 147
Michelangelo: “To Giorgio Vasari: On the Lives of the Painters”
John Donne, selections of any three sonnets ( Elegie: To his Mistress Going to Bed, The Flea, The Autumnal, The Sun Rising, The Canonisation, Hymn to God my God, in My Sickenesse, Batter My Heart, Three-Person’d God, Death Be Not Proud)
Andrew Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress”
Lady Mary Wroth, any three sonnets from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus nos. 1, 16, 39, 68, 103
Module 3| Drama
This module will introduce students to the rise and development of English theatre. It will discuss the dominant influences, directions and playwrights of the stage in the Elizabethan and Jacobean age. The course will include any two plays from the following list for classroom discussion.
Christopher Marlowe: Dr. Faustus
Shakespeare: The Tempest
John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
Elizabeth Carey: Tragedy of Mariam
Module 4| Prose
This module will take up brief selections from some of the important social and political writings of the time which are reflective of the intellectual thought prevalent during the time.
Thomas More, Selections from Utopia
Machiavelli, Selections from the Prince.
Pico della Mirandola, Selections from Oration on the Dignity of Man
Baldassare Castiglione’s The Courtier
A reader will be provided to the students at the beginning of the course.
Recommended reading relevant to all parts:
Assessment Details with weights:
Date/period in which Assessment
will take place
End Semester Exam
As per AUD Academic Calendar