Fall 2019 - ENGL 203 D100

Early Modern Literature (3)

Class Number: 4402

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 10021, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Ronda Arab
    Office: AQ 6142
    Office Hours: M: 2:30-3:30pm Th: 10:00-11:00am
  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses.



A survey of the literature of the period from 1485 to Milton. Students with credit for ENGL 204 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


Early Modern Literature: Gender, Conflict, and the Bonds of Love

Some of the best love poetry in the English language was written in England during the Renaissance of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We’ll study poetry from the Petrarchan tradition, amatory carpe diem poems, poems celebrating married love, and poems expressing love between same sex individuals. After a full immersion in love poetry of various kinds, as well as the social and cultural conditions within which it was produced, we’ll move onto examining gender ideals, constructions, and conflicts, starting with a consideration of Elizabeth I’s anomalous status as a female reigning monarch, then moving into pamphlet literature and drama featuring cross-dressing women and boys and epic battles between the sexes.


  • Short Essay #1 20%
  • Short Essay #2 20%
  • Short Essay #3 20%
  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • Take Home Exam 25%



The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Sixteenth Century and the Early Seventeenth Century. Volume B. Tenth Edition W.W. Norton, 2018. ISBN: 9780393603033  

The Roaring Girl. Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker. Broadview Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781554812134  

Three Shrew Plays: The Taming of a Shrew, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Fletcher’s The Woman’s Prize, or The Tamer Tamed.  Hackett Publishing, 2010 ISBN: 9781603841849

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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