English Poetry of Early Seventeenth-Century

L317 — Fall 2019

Instructor
Penelope Anderson
Days and Times
9:30a - 10:45a MW (3 CR)
Course Description

A bible printed on golden paper. A hand-drawn map of sixteenth-century Tepea­ca, Mexico.  Helen Mirren’s breastplate from Excalibur. A miniature book of poems shaped like a flower. What do all these items have to do with each other, and what do they have to do with early seven­teenth-century English poetry?

All these items are among the treasures of the Lilly Library, and they all help open ques­tions and generate answers about the rich meanings of the poems written by John Donne, William Shakespeare, Aeme­lia Lanyer, and others. In this course, we will combine close reading of the poems with individual and collaborative research in the archives to investigate religious revolu­tion, colonial expansion, gendered power, and aesthetic beauty, among other topics.

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