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This subject introduces students to the literature of the English Renaissance through a combination of close reading and contextualisation in the cultural, social and political milieu. It focuses on the study and analysis of the most significant authors and works, particularly of those by William Shakespeare. In working with texts from this period, students will be building on critical and discursive skills developed in previous courses, as well as increasing their literary and historical knowledge.
-To determine the constituent parts and basic concepts of the literature of the English Renaissance from the sixteenth century to 1642, and the way they interrelate with other literary manifestations, building up complex units of thought from independent ideas, based on common features.
-To learn not to admit lines of reasoning coming from positions of authority without submitting them to personal judgement, and to do the same with one’s own ideas, treating them as if they belonged to others.
-To become convinced that the added perspective resulting from teamwork may improve one’s results and prevent one becoming obsessively absorbed in one´s own ideas as they can be wrong.
-To be able to undertake tasks and projects without continuous external supervision and to debate the results in an objective and balanced way.
-To distinguish the periods of English literature from the XVI century to 1642, to situate the authors and works, and to describe their outstanding features.
-To learn about the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics of England during this period, and to relate them to authors, works and literary trends included in the different units of this subject.
-To learn about the methods and techniques of literary analysis regarding the works produced during this period.
-To learn how to develop processes to search for information and order it accordingly, as well as being able to summarize bibliographical content related to authors and works from the sixteenth century to 1642.
-To learn how to apply a critical analysis to particular works or extracts from the sixteenth century to 1642, using a consistent method in order to identify their formal characteristics and their relation with a variety of possible meanings.