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Religion & the Book - ENG00074M

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Brian Cummings
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module is intended to give students an in-depth introduction to the inter-relations between books and the religious debates and shifts that were so central to this period. It will significantly expand and develop students understanding of material texts and of the role of print and manuscript across Christian Europe.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:

-- a secure understanding of the literature and history of religion in the early modern period.

-- an ability to work with print and manuscript sources, and to interpret them within their material as well as their social, political, and religious contexts.

-- a sound knowledge of the different techniques and methodologies appropriate to the study of material book, literary texts, and historical accounts of religious belief and change.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4500 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4500 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

For more information about the feedback you will receive for your work, see section 12 of the department's Guide to Assessment (PDF , 1,244kb).

Indicative reading

Erasmus, The Praise of Folly (Penguin Classics, 1994)

William Tyndale, The New Testament 1526, ed. W.R. Cooper (London: The British Library, 2000),

The Book of Common Prayer: The Texts of 1549, 1559 and 1662, ed. Brian Cummings (OUP, 2011)

The Bible: Authorized King James Version, ed. Robert Carroll and Stephen Prickett, Oxford Worlds Classics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Foxes Book of Martyrs, ed. John King (Oxford Worlds Classics, 2009)

Early Modern Catholicism: An Anthology of Primary Sources, ed. Robert Miola (OUP, 2007)

Divine Right and Democracy, ed. David Wootton (Hackett, 2003)

John Milton, The Major Works (Oxford Worlds Classics, 2008)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.