Survey of British Literature, Beginnings-1784 - Writing Intensive
This course introduces the first ten centuries of literature in English through a series of heroic, tragic, and romantic texts across various genres. From the bleak heroism of Beowulf to the mockery of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, from the lyricism of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, and John Milton to the biting wit of Aphra Behn and Alexander Pope, each reading sets different literary forms in their historical context while also drawing out their common elements. As the semester unfolds we will explore how literature reflects and affects cultural realities, as well as how it produces our modern notions of self, love, nature, and imagination.
This course is writing intensive, so we will review major concepts in crafting a rhetorical argument and using sources. Shorter response writing assignments throughout the semester will be used to practice these techniques in preparation for our two major writing assignments, which will go through a process of drafting, peer review, and revision. Pre-req: English 1000 or equivalent.