What Are Some Characteristics of Renaissance Literature?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 7, 2020 2:19:57 AM ET
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Renaissance literature is characterized by a tendency toward humanist, or nonreligious, topics. The period as a whole marked a dramatic shift away from strict adherence to Church doctrines, and much of the literature of the era, such as Shakespeare's "Hamlet," depicts secular philosophical struggles with topics such as individuality, death and morality.