Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A08. Love, Birth and Death in English Renaissance Literature

Queen Elizabeth I created a courtier culture in which poets sought her patronage in exchange for the honor they gave her in their works. English folk of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries could see a public hanging once a week and were mindful of death’s nearness through eruptions of the plague that closed the theatres sporadically throughout these decades. We’ll read some of the greatest poetry and plays written in English and research some of the conventions of love, death, and birth from cultural and literary sources. Our field trips will include attending a Shakespeare play.

Katherine Conway
Associate Professor of English