Spring 2022 - ENGL 204 OL01
Reading Sexuality and Gender (3)
Class Number: 7942
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Considers how sexuality and gender are articulated, understood, explored, and negotiated through literature and language. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Breadth-Humanities.
The Bonds of Love and Friendship in Early Modern English Literature
Some of the best love poetry in the English language was written in England during the Renaissance of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Bonds of Love and Friendship in Early Modern English Literature will introduce students to early modern English discourses of friendship, marriage, and the bonds of love, as they are written about in the literature of the period. The course will examine friendship and love, as conceived between men and women, men and men, and women and women, both within and outside of marriage. This will necessarily involve exploring constructions of gender as well as ideas about sex and sexuality; thus we will examine the significance of ideas about gender and sexuality to ideas about love and friendship in early modern England. As well as poetry and a few prose selections, we will read three English Renaissance stage plays, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and The Roaring Girl by Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton.
This course will be asynchronic except for a timed final exam.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- To gain an understanding of early modern English discourses of love, friendship, marriage, gender, and sexuality.
- To improve skills in critical writing about poetry, drama, and prose.
- To improve academic essay-writing skills.
- short essay #1 (5-6 pages; 1500-2000 words) 30%
- short essay #2 (5-6 pages; 1500-2000 words) 30%
- final exam 25%
- online discussion participation 15%
Arab, Ronda. The Bonds of Love and Friendship in Early Modern English Literature. SFU Publications, 2021
ISBN 10: 1772870919
PURCHASE THIS BOOK HERE:
THE FOLLOWING BOOKS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE SFU BOOKSTORE:
Dekker, Thomas and Thomas Middleton. The Roaring Girl. Ed.by Kelly Stage. Broadview Press, 2019.
Shakespeare, William. The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. by H. J. Oliver. Oxford University Press (Oxford World Classics), 1982, 2008.
Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. Ed. by David Carnegie and Mark Houlahan. Broadview Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781554810949 / 1554810949
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