ENGL302-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Rebels, Devils and Cannibals: Literature and the Origins of Modernity

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

Examining a range of literary texts in English from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, ENGL202/302 focuses on how the chosen works represent and are shaped by the first glimmerings of modern forms of culture and consciousness.

A scholar makes a pact with a demon to acquire boundless knowledge; a misshapen creature is enslaved by a powerful magician; a university student tries to figure out the ethics of killing his uncle; a passionate husband is driven to murderous rage by the suspicion his wife is unfaithful; a charismatic slave decides to revolt against his captors; the lone inhabitant of a desert island finds a footprint in the sand that is not his own.

These scenarios are emblematic of a society undergoing the radical changes associated with the period we call the Early Modern. From the fifteenth century onwards, European societies were confronted by the discovery of new lands and peoples, and by internal upheavals in formerly stable social structures and patterns of belief. Meanwhile, scholars and philosophers were producing unprecedented shifts in traditional conceptions of the world, as well as questioning received ideas of what it meant to be human.

Examining a range of literary texts in English from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, ENGL202/302 focuses on how the chosen works represent and are shaped by the first glimmerings of modern forms of culture and consciousness. The main themes around which the course is structured are: the emergence of the modern sense of self; the history of the object; power, violence and rebellion; changing ideas of sex, gender and race; travel, discovery and colonisation.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Pre-requisites

Any 30 points at 200 level from ENGL, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.

Restrictions

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 328 Visual Arts
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Philip Armstrong

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 1 25%
Essay 2 35%
Take-Home Test 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts
• Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (Oxford World’s Classics)
• William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Oxford World’s Classics)
• William Shakespeare, Othello (Oxford World’s Classics)
• William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Oxford World’s Classics)
• Aphra Behn, Oroonoko  (Penguin Classics)
• Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Oxford World’s Classics)

(Image: "Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Caliban" by Charles Buchel, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.)

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,570.00

International fee $7,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 25 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts .

All ENGL302 Occurrences

  • ENGL302-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021