Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) English Literature (16th and 17th Centuries) Code 613G03021
Study programme
Grao en Inglés: Estudos Lingüísticos e Literarios
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Graduate 1st four-month period
Third Obligatory 6
Language
English
Teaching method Face-to-face
Prerequisites
Department Letras
Coordinador
Gomez Blanco, Carlos Juan
E-mail
carlos.gomezb@udc.es
Lecturers
Gomez Blanco, Carlos Juan
E-mail
carlos.gomezb@udc.es
Web
General description Análise da literatura inglesa dos seculos XVI e XVII, desde a época isabelina á Restauración.
Contingency plan

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A1 Coñecer e aplicar os métodos e as técnicas de análise lingüística e literaria.
A2 Saber analizar e comentar textos e discursos literarios e non literarios utilizando apropiadamente as técnicas de análise textual.
A6 Ter un dominio instrumental avanzado oral e escrito da lingua inglesa.
A9 Elaborar textos orais e escritos de diferente tipo en lingua galega, española e inglesa.
A10 Ter capacidade para avaliar criticamente o estilo dun texto e para formular propostas alternativas e correccións.
A11 Ter capacidade para avaliar, analizar e sintetizar criticamente información especializada.
A16 Ter un coñecemento avanzado das literaturas en lingua inglesa.
A17 Coñecer a historia e a cultura das comunidades anglófonas.
B1 Utilizar os recursos bibliográficos, as bases de datos e as ferramentas de busca de información.
B2 Manexar ferramentas, programas e aplicacións informáticas específicas.
B3 Adquirir capacidade de autoformación.
B4 Ser capaz de comunicarse de maneira efectiva en calquera contorno.
B5 Relacionar os coñecementos cos doutras áreas e disciplinas.
B6 Ter capacidade de organizar o traballo, planificar e xestionar o tempo e resolver problemas de forma efectiva.
B7 Ter capacidade de análise e síntese, de valorar criticamente o coñecemento e de exercer o pensamento crítico.
B8 Apreciar a diversidade.
B10 Comportarse con ética e responsabilidade social como cidadán/á e profesional.
C2 Dominar a expresión e a comprensión de forma oral e escrita dun idioma estranxeiro.
C6 Valorar criticamente o coñecemento, a tecnoloxía e a información dispoñible para resolver os problemas cos que deben enfrontarse.
C8 Valorar a importancia que ten a investigación, a innovación e o desenvolvemento tecnolóxico no avance socioeconómico e cultural da sociedade.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
- Have proficiency in English Literature from the 16th and 17th centuries. A1
A2
A6
A9
A10
A11
A16
A17
B1
B2
B3
B5
B8
- Improve literary competence and analytical skills. A1
A2
A6
A9
A10
A11
B1
B2
B3
B4
B5
B6
B7
B8
B10
C6
C8
- Be able to present and write good academic essays in English. A1
A2
A6
A10
A16
B4
B5
B7
B8
C2
C6
C8
- Learn about the society and culture of England at a time of important changes. A16
A17
C2
C6
C8

Contents
Topic Sub-topic
Basics

1. Introduction: Society, culture, polítics and literature from the Middle Ages to the 17th,
1.1 Elizabethan and Jacobean periods
1.2. The Restoration
From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Historical data (economic facts, politics, religion, expansionism, the birth of the two parties, the fall of the Stuarts) and society. Individualism and mercantilism. The social contract.
2. The origins of the theatre Religious and pagan. System of production.
3. Theatre during Elizabeth I's and James I's reign.
3.1: Production: companies, actors, playhouses.
3.2. Before Shakespeare: Kyd and Marlowe
3.3. Shakespeare
3. 4. Ben Jonson
Compulsory readings:
3.3 Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice
Twelfth Night.
Othello
Macbeth
3.4 Ben Jonson. Volpone
4. Caroline theatre
4. 1. Middleton y Dekker
4.2 Webster
Compulsory text:
4.2 John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi
5. The Restoration, 1660-1700
5.1 Scenography. Actresses
5.2 Dryden's Essay
5.3 Comedy
5.4 Wycherley
5.5. Congreve
Required readings:
5.4 William Wycherley. The Country Wife
5.5 William Congreve. The Way of the World
6. Basic aspects of poetry: Shakespeare, Donne, Dryden e Milton
Photocopies.
7. Basic aspects of prose: Behn e Congreve. The origins of the English novel. Photocopies.

Planning
Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Guest lecture / keynote speech A1 A2 A16 A17 B7 B8 C6 C8 21 8 29
Workbook A7 B3 B6 C5 C6 C8 0 60 60
Seminar A7 B1 B6 B7 B8 B9 2 6 8
Objective test A1 A2 A6 A7 A9 C2 2 4 6
Document analysis A1 A2 A11 A16 B5 B7 B8 B10 C6 C8 6 10 16
Oral presentation A1 A6 A9 A10 A11 A16 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 C2 C8 8 5 13
Multiple-choice questions A7 1 2 3
Directed discussion A2 A6 A7 B8 C2 2 10 12
 
Personalized attention 3 0 3
 
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies
Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech The teacher will explain aspects of the literature, society, and culture of the times. A general overview. But also aspects of the texts the students must read, often through textual analysis. Some information will be panoramic, some more focused on the compulsory readings. But there will be an introduction to authors and texts the students will not have to read (Marlowe, Donne, Milton, etc).
Workbook Reading the mandatory primary sources at home. Such readings should take place before or during the study of such texts in the classroom.
Seminar A general view of the 16th and 17th centuries is replaced by the analysis of particular texts. The students must have an active participation.
Objective test There will be a written exam all students must take, which is 50 per cent of the final evaluation. It consists of a textual commentary, an essay (both concerning the compulsory readings) and a brief multiple choice test (about historical data, etc explained in the lectures). The students must obtain 2 out of 5 points at least.
Document analysis Textual commentaries done primarily during the group classes, either the "middle" or the "small" groups.
Oral presentation Every student must prepare an essay, and if possible, present it orally in class so that a debate may be established later. The subject will be some aspect of the 8 texts that are to be read. The oral presentation should take about 8-10 minutes. The essay will be about 7-8 pages' long (double spaced). Worth 10 per cent; that is, 1 point. The written version must be sent by December, 15th. Since there is often a large number of students it is not possible for all students to present the essay orally.
Multiple-choice questions During the course, on dates that will be fixed a few days earlier and communicated in class and through Moodle, there will be 4 multiple-choice tests on the texts the students must read. The objective is to make the students' read in a continuous way. Each test is worth 0.5 points (2 points total, 20% of the subject).
Directed discussion Debate over topics or the oral presentations. The students may be asked to write notes and deliver them to the teacher.

Personalized attention
Methodologies
Document analysis
Seminar
Oral presentation
Description
The teacher will supervise the students' oral presentations, essays and literary commentaries when necessary, and help the students to solve problems that may arise.

Assessment
Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Document analysis A1 A2 A11 A16 B5 B7 B8 B10 C6 C8 Textual analysis done in class. A few will be marked by the teacher. 1.5 points. 15
Guest lecture / keynote speech A1 A2 A16 A17 B7 B8 C6 C8 Active attendance. The student must attend at least to 10 lectures and 18 group classes to get 0.4. He or she will sign on sheets provided. Active participation will add 0.1 (see Directed Discussion below). 4
Directed discussion A2 A6 A7 B8 C2 Debate over topics or the oral presentations. Attendance and active participation. The students may be asked to hand out their notes now and then.
1
Objective test A1 A2 A6 A7 A9 C2 Final exam: an essay, a textual commentary (both on any of the 8 texts) and a short multiple choice test on data provided in the lectures or seminars through the course.
(50%; that is, 5 points out of 10).
NOTE: you need to get a minimum of 2 out of 5 (4 out of 10) to sum this mark to the continuous evaluation mark.
50
Multiple-choice questions A7 4 multiple-choice tests on the texts the students must read. Each test is worth 0.5 points (2 points total, 20% of the subject). 20
Oral presentation A1 A6 A9 A10 A11 A16 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 C2 C8 Every student must prepare an essay, and if possible, present it orally in class so that a debate may be established later. The subject will be some aspect of the 8 texts that are to be read. The oral presentation should take about 8-10 minutes. The essay will be about 7-8 pages' long (double spaced). Worth 10 per cent; that is, 1 point. The written version must be sent by December, 15th.
10
 
Assessment comments
  • In this subject, what is evaluated is the student´s knowledge of the history of English literature and his/her literary competence at analysing the 8 texts of the corpus using basic literary skills. Analysis is NOT paraphrasis.
  • The final average mark must be 5 or more to pass . Also 2 out of 5 in the exam, and 2 out of 5 in the continuous evaluation are required.
  • Those students that do not do commentaries in class, essays etc, have no continuous evaluation marks, so they will have to recover at least two out of 5 points in the second opportunity examination. They may obtain 5 out of 5 in the first opportunity exam (not easy to do), but they would not pass the subject yet.
  • English is the only language used in class and exams. Mistakes must be avoided. Plagiarism is also forbidden. Borrowing ideas from the teacher and books is understandable, but students must try to do their own research. We may use "Turnitin" to check the essays, in order to detect wrong citations, plagiarismor any other type of fraud. Should this occur, the rules for plagiarism will beapplied. (Normas de avaliación, revisión e reclamación das cualificacións dos estudos de grao emestrado universitario). "Turnitin" recognises papers previously turned in by other people (or the student him/herself) at this university or other universities, as well as other material found on Internet.
  • Those students that cannot do an oral presentation can still present a written version of the essay.
  • The essays must handed over before the classes are over in December (around Dec 16-17th).
  • When a student for whatever justified reason (illness, etc) cannot do the continuous evaluation pratices he or she must tell the teacher in advance, otherwise he or she will have to wait for the second opportunity evaluation to make up for such parts.
  • Those students who attend and participate in the continuous assessment activities will be eventually considered "No Presentados" (absent from examination) only if they have done less than 25% of the required activities. Otherwise,they will figure as fail even if they do no do the first opportunity exam.
  • Those students that have been given a dispensation must tell the teacher in advance, during the first two weeks of the course.
  • Students who have been granted exemption,as specified in the university regulations, will be assessed according to thecriteria applied to the July opportunity.
  • Students sitting the December exam (final exam broughtforward) will be assessed according to the criteria specified for the July opportunity.
  • In July the second opportunity evaluation takes place. Those students that have not done or passed the continuous evaluation parts will be given the chance to do so by doing the essays or commentaries necessary. A second 5 point exam is also done at that time for those that failed it earlier or did not take it. That is, the second (July) opportunity will consist of a 50% final exam and 50% activities repeating or replacing (in the case of class attendance) the continuous assessment work. Such activities will be specified once the marks for the first opportunity have been published. For instance, four tests similar to those done during the course will be done on the day of the exam.

  • Sources of information
    Basic

    Primary compulsory sources (in chronological order)

    William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice (Arden Shakespeare recommended)

    Shakespeare. Twelfth Night. (Arden Shakespeare recommended)

    Shakespeare. Othello (Arden Shakespeare recommended)

    Shakespeare. Macbeth (Arden Shakespeare recommended)

    Ben Jonson. Volpone

    John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi

    William Wycherley. The Country Wife

    William Congreve. The Way of the World

    Academic studies (Secondary sources):

    --Beadle, Richard, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

    --Braunmuller, A. R. and Michael Hattaway, eds. The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997-

    --Canfield, John Douglas. Tricksters & Estates: On The Ideology of Restoration Comedy. Lexington, Ky. : Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1997.

    --Demetriou, Eroulla. Get thee to the Playhouse: An Introduction to Elizabethan and Shakespearean Drama for Young Students. Univ. de Jaen, 2009.

    --Dollimore, Jonathan & Sinfield, A. eds., Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism.

    Ithaca: Cornell Univ Press, 1994.

    --Elam, Keir. The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama. Londres: Routledge, 1980. 

    --Fisk, Deborah Payne, ed. The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre. Cambridge Univ. Press. 2000.

    --Garber, Marjorie. Shakespeare and Modern Culture. Anchor Books, 2009. 

    --Gay, Penny. The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies. Cambridge U. P., 2008.

    --Hughes, Derek. English Drama, 1660-1700. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.

    --Leggatt, Alexander. English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590-1660. Londres: Longman, 1988.

    --MacLean, Gerald, ed. Culture and Society in the Stuart Restoration: Literature, Drama, History.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

    --Owen, Susan J., ed. A Companion to Restoration Drama. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

    Shaughnessy, R. (ed). The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture. Cambridge U.P., 2007.

    --VV.AA. Historia crítica del teatro ingles. Alcoy: Marfil, 1988. 

    --Wallace, David, ed.  The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature.  New York: Cambridge UP, 1999.

    --Waller, Gary. English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century. London and New York: Longman, 1993.

    --Wells, Stanley & L. Cowen Orlin eds. Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide. Oxford U P., 2003.

    Complementary


    Recommendations
    Subjects that it is recommended to have taken before
    Literatura Inglesa 1/613G03010
    Literatura Inglesa 2/613G03017

    Subjects that are recommended to be taken simultaneously

    Subjects that continue the syllabus

    Other comments


    (*)The teaching guide is the document in which the URV publishes the information about all its courses. It is a public document and cannot be modified. Only in exceptional cases can it be revised by the competent agent or duly revised so that it is in line with current legislation.