These large areas of inquiry represent issues that surface time and again in sixteenth-century texts produced in England. They are intended to instigate individual lines of investigation, not cut them off. Over the course of the semester, your responsibility to the communal project is to develop, expand, revise, and/or add to these general topics, if possible/necessary, as your interest and new-found knowledge suggests is appropriate. Your responsibility to your own individual work is to find within these general topics a specific question or set of questions that you would like to find answers to by the end of the semester. An example of a specific line of inquiry might be to explore the role of Elizabeth I, as female monarch, in an age that worked very hard to stifle female assertiveness in areas of power and influence.
Sample line of inquiry: In an era of accepted anti-feminist attitudes, how is it that Elizabeth I was not only an able and long-lived monarch, but a Queen that some say was the best to ever rule England? How was she able to not only keep her head and her crown but preside over the greatest flowering of literature that the English speaking world has seen in a culture that was rapidly changing around her? What are the cultural/political consequences of a female ruler on the governance of the nation?
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|Dr. Janet Wright Starner || Writing Center Director || Assistant Professor/English || Wilkes University|