Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG482H1F L5101

ENG482H1F L5101 TR 6-8
Early Modern Literature: Engagements with the Economic
Instructor: Peter Grav

Brief Description of Course: From the disdain of cash values in Utopia to the celebration of commerce in The Shoemaker's Holiday to the nightmare of indebtedness in Timon of Athens, it is evident that economic concerns constitute a significant thematic thread in early modern literature. This course will examine a range of money-oriented works from that period, focusing not only on the portrayal of the financial, but also on the historic economic circumstances under which these depictions of homo economicus were created.

Required Reading: Thomas More, Utopia; Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Book II, Canto VII; Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta; Anonymous, Arden of Faversham; Thomas Deloney, excerpts from Jack of Newbury; Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker's Holiday; Thomas Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside; Ben Jonson, The Alchemist; Shakespeare and Middleton, Timon of Athens.

Texts All of the plays listed above except for Timon are in the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama. There are many editions of Utopia available from various publishers. Of course, any reputable version of each of the course texts will be acceptable; however, given this being a fourth-year course, you should be working with versions that have good editorial work and glossings.
Note: Online links will be provided to the Faerie Queene excerpt and Jack of Newbury.

First Three Authors/Texts: Thomas More, Utopia; Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Book II, Canto VII; Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta.

Method of Instruction: Lecture / Classroom discussion

Method of Evaluation: Seminar presentation (25%), term paper proposal/outline/meeting (10%), term paper (45%), participation (20%)

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