ENG399 201403 Undergraduate

Term: 
Spring 2015
Course: 
ENG 399
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Space and Place in Early Modern Literature
Department Section Description: 

This course brings setting to the forefront, as it takes an ecocritical perspective of early modern texts by authors such as Thomas More, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare. We will examine how authors use text to create space, place, landscape, and environment within their works. This course will also consider the ways in which characters interact with their landscapes and settings and how examination of environment adds to our understanding of character. We will apply the methods of environmental studies, or “Ecocritism,” to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature with two goals in mind: 1) as a way explore what these works reveal about early modern English attitudes towards environment, and 2) in order to investigate how the representations of nature in these early modern texts influence modern attitudes toward landscape and environment.