Introduction to British Literature I
Wednesday 6 pm - 8 pm and Monday 6 pm - 7 pm or 7 pm - 8 pm
A survey of major works of English literature from Beowulf to Milton’s Paradise Lost, emphasizing movements and periods, formal analysis, and the development of a national literary tradition. Throughout the course we will explore the following topics: (1) Aesthetics: fictiveness, semblance, play, and form (2) History: continuity and change, representations of nature, and modernity (3) Humanity: body, identity, and interiority (4) Relationship: intimacy, aggression, family, and community.
- Selections from the Norton Anthology of English Literature
- A & B, including works by Marie de France, Chaucer, Wyatt, Marlowe, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.
First Three Authors/Texts
- Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People
- Dream of the Rood
Methods of Evaluation
- Term test
- Final exam