ENGL 340

The Sacred and the Profane in the English Renaissance

Prerequisite: Sophomores with permission. This course will investigate the relationship between the religious and secular realms in Early Modern English literature. We will give particular attention to the uncertain delineations among holy, patriotic, familial, and erotic forms of love in poetry and literary prose. Contexts will include the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the court, colonialism, and the English Civil War. Authors may include Spenser, Sidney, Wroth, Herbert, Donne, Milton, Cavendish, and the Cavalier poets . Offered alternate years. V.2