Early Modern Exchanges


Reframing the Renaissance

This module looks at the rise of a multitude of cultural forms in the vernacular during the period we term ‘the Renaissance’ or ‘early modern’.

Gdansk by Wojciech Gerson, early modern exchanges

Code: CMII0011
Value: 15 credits
Tutor: Taught by a variety of tutors (convened by Dr Robyn Adams)
Time & Location: Term 1, Tuesdays, 2-4pm, use UCL 'Custom Timetable' to check rooms. This course also has a 1hr reading group (compulsory for MA Early Modern Studies students) - date and time to be confirmed.

One of the crucial developments of the period we term ‘the Renaissance’ or ‘early modern’ was the rise of a multitude of cultural forms in the vernacular, in contrast to the medieval Latinate world that had gone before. We will look at how these changes developed in different European countries from their origins in Italy to Spain, England and France. As well as charting these key shifts in cultural practice, we incorporate sessions that introduce crucial changes in material practice, focusing on print culture, communication networks, and visual, aural and material culture. These sessions are designed to complement and dialogue with other modules on the MA in Early Modern Studies that develop the necessary skills for carrying out original research for the dissertation and towards doctoral study, i.e. historical bibliography and the study of manuscript material. In addition to weekly seminar discussion, we will visit libraries, archives and sites of special interest including the National Portrait Gallery, and these visits will include sessions on object-based learning.

Course handbook 2018-19, containing schedule, reading lists etc (pdf)


CMII0011 is assessed by one 4,000-word essay on a topic of your choice, to be discussed and agreed with the course convenors. Essays should be submitted via Turnitin on Moodle and are due according to the deadlines set out in the Moodle handbook for the module.