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English 2201

Selected Works of British Literature: Medieval to 1800

Elizabeth Kolkovich

Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: 2.C.(1)
Prerequisites: English 1110 or equivalent

Text Books:

Title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
Norton Anthology of English Literature (9th edition only) 978-0393913002

Example Syllabus: 201 syllabus autumn 2011.doc

Course Objectives: An introductory critical study of the works of major British writers from 800 to 1800, appropriate for English majors and non-majors alike.

Course Content: Although we cannot fully cover one thousand years of literature in ten weeks, we will sample a range of major works, authors, and genres representative of three historical periods: the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the long eighteenth century. As we define characteristics of these periods, we will also pay attention to recurring themes, especially the changing definitions of governance, gender, class rank, Englishness, and literature. This course will introduce you to many “great authors” such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Swift, but also some lesser-known women writers, such as Aemilia Lanyer and Eliza Haywood.

Method of Presentation: Lecture and discussion

Method of Evaluation: Exams, short reading responses, and active participation


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