University of Leeds: English Literature (Renaissance pathway)

InstitutionUniversity of Leeds
Department School of English
Telephone 0113 343 4738
Study type Taught


Explore the literature of the Renaissance: a period of political power struggles, religious reform, scientific advancement and humanist philosophy. This course allows you to explore the literature of a time of rapid social, political, religious and intellectual change.

Widely seen as a period of intense creativity, the Renaissance also saw civil unrest and an influx of foreign influences through trade, conflict and the advent of British imperialism that would change the cultural landscape of the country forever.

You’ll have opportunities to engage with a broad range of creative responses to these unsettled times, including plays, poetry, sermons, translations, political tracts and court entertainments.

Throughout the course, you’ll be able to pursue areas of personal interest, and you’ll have the chance to further expand your explorations through an independent research project.


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