Core Module Information
Module title: Reformation, Restoration, Revolution: Early Modern Drama, Poetry, and Prose

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP07117
Module leader: Georgina Lucas
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Generic - School of Arts and Creative Industries

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Reformation, Restoration, Revolution explores the ways that literature from the 1580s through to the end of the seventeenth century engaged with dramatic upheavals in social, political, and religious culture.

The module looks at writing from the period c. 1588 to c.1688, a time that saw the end of one ruling dynasty – the Tudors – and the beginning of another – the Stuarts. This was an era that saw major debates over national identity, religious doctrine, politics and government.

Reformation/s defined and redefined religious practice. Hundreds of thousands of people died in a series of bloody civil wars. One king was executed, another deposed in a bloodless, ‘glorious’ revolution. A republic was inaugurated, and a monarchy restored. These events took place in a wider context of emergent colonialism, the rise of capitalism, and a scientific revolution that paved the way for what we now think of as ‘modernity’: modern subjectivities, sexualities, politics, and cultures.

Drawing from a variety of drama, poetry, and prose from the period, this module invites you to explore the different ways that works of literature imagined and engaged with the tumultuous events of the century. This was a period of immense creativity and experimentation: the primary texts studied on this module will open up a range of literary forms from canonical and less-studied writers alike through which you will develop a sense of the spirit of the early modern age.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify and critically reflect upon key, textual, thematic, and generic shifts within early modern literature
LO2: Develop an awareness of key contexts for the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, encompassing the religious, political, and cultural frameworks in which early modern texts were written
LO3: Respond critically and imaginatively to a wide range of poems, plays, and prose
LO4: Develop skills in the close reading of early modern literature
LO5: Acquire skills for navigating subject-specific digital archives

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Georgina Lucas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly two-hour lecture/workshop which will include an element of interactive activity, and smaller one-hour tutorials. The lectures (LOs 1-5) will introduce the primary text, outlining key historical, political, and cultural contexts, alongside a range of resources and approaches for students to engage with in their own independent research. These sessions will model close reading techniques and scholarly resources on which students can draw on in their own close analyses.

The tutorials (LOs 3-4) will consolidate and enrich learning that takes place during the lectures, enabling students to have a greater stake in the discussion.

Learning will occur in a variety of formats to allow for a range of learning styles. Typically, this will include group work, independent research, peer-review, close readings, individual oral contributions, reading and writing assignments and the production of original written material. These activities will afford opportunities for students to receive ongoing feedback on their ideas and progress in advance of the summative assessments.

Formative Assessment:
This module does not have a separate formative assessment, but there will be a range of opportunities for development and feedback, including: lecture Q and As; peer-review exercises; oral feedback from the module tutor in lectures and tutorials; office hours; tutor feedback on the first summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
You will submit two summative assessments on this module:

Assessment One: 2 x 750-word Critical Commentaries (1,500 words total)
The two commentaries will be worth 40% of your final grade and are due in week 7. This assessment requires you to analyse two passages studied so far on the module, commenting on the passage’s broader themes, language, form, and context. The aim of this assessment is to implement and develop close reading skills of early modern texts, building on reading strategies fostered by ‘Reading Texts: Analysing Literature, Film, and Culture’.

Assessment Two: 1 x Research Essay (1,500 words)
The second assessment comprises 1 x 1,500-word essay. This assessment is worth 60% of students’ final grade and is due in week 14. The assessment requires students to address one text studied on the module, situating it within its wider historical, political, and cultural contexts. Essay questions will address themes salient to the module, including, for example, national identity, religion, politics, gender, sexuality, colonialism, and knowledge.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 2,3,4,5 7 , WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100