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This degree will introduce students to key areas of critical debate in Renaissance Studies by comparing different canonical accounts of the period. The programme will explore the distinctiveness of northern Renaissance culture, including Scotland, and consider how historical and theoretical paradigms might be adapted to reflect this it will develop a critical understanding of the variety of genres, media and signifying practices employed by Renaissance writers and visual artists. Students will learn about the key debates and divergent strands within Renaissance Studies tracing the most influential historico-theoretical attempts by modern scholars to model the Renaissance moment. The programme will also provide a survey of the variety of signifying practices employed by Renaissance writers and artists, along with the social and institutional functioning of ?literary? texts. In the second semester students choose two five-week Classes from a broad menu of topics including: Alternative Shakespeares Renaissance Bodies Emblem Books and Renaissance Imagery Literature of the Scottish Jacobean Court Paradigms Lost: The Other Renaissance in Scotland The Court Masque Poetry and the Crisis in Court Culture 1630-1650 Milton: Radicalism and Tradition Sacred Mirrors: Biblical Re-Vision in Tudor and Stuart Women?s Writing Rhetoric, Gender and Renaissance Drama Early Modern Englishes 1500-1700 NB: Not all these optional classes can be offered in each academic year. Assessment is by course work only and the final and most significant piece of work on the course will be a dissertation of 15000 words on a subject of the student?s own choice.

This degree will introduce students to key areas of critical debate in Renaissance Studies by comparing different canonical accounts of the period. The programme will explore the distinctiveness of northern Renaissance culture, including Scotland, and consider how historical and theoretical paradigms might be adapted to reflect this it will develop a critical understanding of the variety of...

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A sample of work (e.g.

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. A sample of work (e.g.

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