Early Texts: Modern Inventions


A study of key works and contexts of selected medieval and early modern writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Behn. Offers a compact history of literary engagements with important social issues that arose in a period notable for revolution and reform; also develops knowledge of literary forms and trends that are historically important, but, in this period, relatively new.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for ENGLISH 214.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2022

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Sophie Tomlinson


Malory, King Arthur and his Knights; Selected Tales by Sir Thomas Malory, ed. Eugene Vinaver (Oxford, 1975), York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling, ed. Richard Beadle and Pamela King (Oxford, 1984), Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, ed. Peter Holland (Penguin, 2000); Jonson, Volpone, or The Fox, ed. Robert Watson, New Mermaids (2003); Behn, Oroonoko and Other Writings, ed. Paul Salzman (Oxford World's Classics, 2009).


Texts for Chaucer, Sidney and Shakespeare sonnets, Marvell and Donne poems to be advised.

Recommended Reading



Coursework + exam


ENGLISH 214: 15.0 points


15 points at Stage I in English


ENGLISH 210, 330