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DUTCGG01 - Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age Literature

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Professor Theo Hermans
Teaching structure: The module comprises four parts. The first three parts cover minor genres. At the end we tackle a major genre at greater length. Part 1 looks at travel writing in prose. Part 2 explores emblem books, their relation with the visual arts and with commercial and moral values. Part 3 deals with love sonnets, their provenance, conventions and social ambience. The final part is concerned with serious drama, especially tragedies by P.C. Hooft and Joost van den Vondel, in the context of the turbulent politics of the Dutch Republic. All primary texts are read in their original language and spelling.
Assessment: two assessed 4,000 word essays (100%)


Module Description:

The module focuses on the first half of the seventeenth century, when the Dutch Republic grew into a world power and developed a culture to match.

At the end of the module you will be able to read a range of seventeenth-century primary texts in their original form; have acquired insight into the literature and culture of the Dutch Golden Age; have honed your analytical and presentation skills on historical materials.