In this first of a two-part lecture, you will be introduced to important developments in British Literature from the 16th to the 19th century. An overview of English, Scottish, Welsh (and Irish) writers and their texts will be complemented, when and where necessary, with excursions into political, cultural and social history as well as the history of events and ideas. Reflections on the nature and the function of literary history, of genre and (literary) theory as well as critical discussions of selected texts will contribute to an overview of the larger story of English Literature since ca 1500.
If you are looking for accompanying reading, I recommend Paul Poplawski (ed.), English Literature in Context (2nd edition), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018.
Please note: the format of the lecture – presence, online, hybrid – will be modified depending on the pandemic situation. Please consult the usual channels to keep yourselves informed.