Module Identifier EN35420  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Claire Jowitt  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Seminar   20 Hours 10 x 2 hrs  
Assessment Continuous assessment   2 essays (2,500 words each)   100%  
  Resit assessment   Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.    

Brief description
A contral concern of this module is to question concepts of Early Modern Identities. Notions of fixed or pre-given identities are challenged as they are figured in discourses of colonial exploration, 'race', religion, gender and sexuality. By focusing on questions of power, and representations of 'Self' and 'Other' within an early modern historical context, it is aimed to expose and explore the way in which these identities are constructed. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of texts including film, drama, pamphlet debastes, voyage narratives, autobiographies and philosophical treatises.

Outline syllabus

Francis Barker, The Tremulous Private Body (Methuen, 1984)
Lucy Gent and Nigel Llewellyn (eds.), Renaissance Bodies: The Human Figure in Renaissance Culture 1540-1660 (Reaktion Books, 1990)
Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality vol 1 (Penguin, 1976)
Stephen Greenblatt, Marvellous Possessions, The Wonder of the New World, (Clarendon, 1991)
Peter Stallybrass (ed.), Staging the Renaissance: Reinterpretations of Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (Routledge, 1991)
Lawrence Stone, The Family, Sex and Marriage (Penguin, 1979)