Spring 2019 - ENGL 310 D100

Studies in Early Modern Literature to 1660 (4)

Class Number: 1601

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 5118, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    JD Fleming
    1 778 782-4713
    Office: AQ 6149
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.



The study of non-Shakespearean Early Modern Literature. May be defined by genre, theme, or author.


Early-modern Europe (say, 1500-1700) was a time and place of language. The national vernaculars—English, French, Italian, and so on—were newly stabilized by poetic expression and political authority. The printing press enabled unprecedented reproduction of texts. And the pedagogic movement known as humanism put literature at the centre of academic curricula. At the same time, early-modern thinkers were troubled by the limitations of words: so ambiguous, so changeable, so ephemeral. In this course, we’ll learn about a range of period attempts to do better with language—or to do without it. Authors will include Spenser, Herbert, Donne, Jonson, Bacon, and Milton. All of our texts will be available online (linked from the Canvas page), in good clean editions. 


  • Mid-term assignment 30%
  • Term paper 35%
  • Final exam 35%


This course will be Tu-Th.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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