Spring ’18: ENGL 504 – Time, Narrative, and the English Renaissance Lyric

Wed. 7:00-9:45. Professor William Russell. Meets at College of Charleston.
(Fulfills a British Literature before 1800 requirement)

What is our place in history? What is history, anyway? And what, if anything, distinguishes history from time itself? These were pressing questions for the poets of the Renaissance, who actively defined their culture in relation to the past, and found in poetry an indispensable resource for that project. In this course, we will examine the lyric poetry of the English Renaissance from Wyatt to Milton both in its immediate historical context and in the broader philosophical context of the question of time and its discussion from antiquity to the present.

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