Spring 2020 - ENGL 310 D100

Studies in Early Modern Literature to 1660 (4)

Class Number: 1378

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 4150, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • 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.


Literature from the first two centuries of modern English (what we call the early-modern period) tends to be reflexive. Much of it, in other words, is about what it means to be (early-) modern; what it means to be (in) English; and what it means to be literary.  Since the writers are expert in exactly these topics, we can expect to learn from them. And that's what we'll try to do. Our authors will include Spenser, Donne, Jonson, Bacon, Milton, and even a bit of Shakespeare (the calendar description notwithstanding). All of our texts are online, or will be made available in .pdf. No book to buy, and great flexibility.




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


This course is Tu-Th.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:

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