LIT225 Reading the Past into the Present (8)

This subject uses literature to provide points of entry into the past worlds of medieval times and of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  In exploring these periods, known respectively as the Dark Ages and the Golden Age, students learn about their significance in themselves and as enduring legacies for the present, especially in popular culture.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject LIT107 as it shares similar content.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed students would have successfully completed LIT111 before enrolling in this subject.

Subject Relationships

LIT107 Shares similar content

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to recognise earlier forms of English and read early texts with the help of glosses and notes;
  • be able to engage with the literature from medieval times to the mid-seventeenth century;
  • be able to recognise and evaluate later developments of medieval and Renaissance forms;
  • be able to explain the relationship of early and recent texts to their historical and socio-political contexts;
  • be able to recognise and describe the forms and features of literary texts and genres; and
  • be able to apply critical reading skills to develop written responses to literary texts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • How we talk about love: legacies of medieval romance and courtly love
  • The sonnet form: its origins, development and persistence
  • The epic genre: its origins, development and popularity today in film, TV and computer games
  • Seventeenth century drama: why do we still produce and watch the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries?
  • Early Women's voices and their echoes today
  • The place of religious and spiritual literature in earlier periods and today

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.