Spring 2021 - ENGL 203 D100

Early Modern Literature (3)

Class Number: 4157

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 26, 2021
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • 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.


"Love is not love"

Why are there so many poems, plays and stories about love? Sure, it's important. But so are many other things—money, power, food—that don’t dominate literature.

In this course, we’ll investigate the theme of love through the English literature of the early-modern period (1500-1700). This was the beginning, in modern English, of any literature at all. Perhaps going back to the beginning (of modern English literature) can help us to understand something about its favourite theme.

Our authors will include Wyatt, Surrey, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, and Milton. 


  • Creative Project / Presentation (format open) 15%
  • Term Paper Proposal (2 pages) 15%
  • Term Paper (7 pages) 35%
  • Final exam (2 hours) 35%


Our readings--other than the two Shakespeare plays--will all be made available online.



William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, ed. Michael Neil (Oxford University Press, 2008). ISBN: 9780199535781.

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, ed. Roger Warren (Oxford University Press, 2008). ISBN: 9780199536092.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).