LIT3028 : Writing the English Civil War

Convener(s): Dr Marcus Nevitt


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

What role does imaginative literature play in regime change? This module attempts to answer this question through a detailed survey of the writing of the 1640s and 1650s (that is at the time of the English civil war, the execution of Charles I and the period of Cromwellian government). We will look at a wide variety of texts written during this period in order to consider  the manner in which the social and political upheavals of the revolutionary decades affected genre. Alongside lyric poetry, masque, romance, drama and prose polemic, we will  consider the emergence of supposedly more ephemeral forms such as the pamphlet and printed journalism. This will feed into a sustained examination of the way in which radical and conservative, elite and non-elite writers could express and disseminate their ideas at this time.


As with most courses at this level, we will meet for two seminars every week for eleven weeks. In these sessions we will all discuss our reading from the week, striking an appropriate balance between tightly focussed close-analysis and different varieties of contextualisating work. Whilst each of the sessions will be author or text based, topics for seminar discussion are entirely negotiable and should be directed to suit your interests


In one of two ways. Either you write 2 x 2000 word essays or 1 x 4000 word essay.

All essays will be in response to questions set by the tutor. If you choose the 4000 word option you must hand in a detailed essay plan for consideration at a set time in the semester. Deadlines will be issued at the start of the semester.

Contact Details

Dr Marcus Nevitt, tel: 0114 2228487

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:22 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK