Generic Transformation: 1580-1780

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 18405

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Pre-requisite modules You must have completed at least one year of appropriate study in this discipline.

Module description

This module focuses on a number of significant texts in a variety of genres produced between 1580 and 1780. These texts are selected in order to illuminate the concept of ‘intertextuality’, and to encourage you to explore ways in which new works of literature result from the imitation, transformation and subversion of genre conventions and existing literary models. You will study three broad generic categories – lyric poetry (including the sonnet), epic and mock epic poetry, and prose fiction – and consider how they are representative of changes in literary culture that were taking place during the two hundred years from 1580 to 1780. Lectures will raise generic, contextual, and theoretical issues about the nominated texts, and provide a basis for seminar discussions, which will also draw upon a range of related texts. You will be encouraged to undertake wider reading in primary and secondary materials for your formative written work and in the examination rubric.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars