Literary History I

L310 — Fall 2019

Kathy O. Smith
Days and Times
1:00 - 2:15p MW (3 CR)
Course Description

This course will introduce you to important authors, influen­tial texts, and historical and cultural contexts of English literature from its beginnings through the seventeenth cen­tury. We will identify and practice strategies for read­ing and writing about litera­ture as we strive to acquire a greater understanding and appreciation of the “greatest hits” of this period, including Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale, Doctor Faustus, Book 1 of Spenser’s Faerie Queene, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. Receiving special attention will be two issues: 1) the various conceptions of the function of poetry and the role of the poet that emerge and develop throughout this period; 2) the various ways in which our texts conceive, interpret, and encourage or discourage the quest for knowledge. Evaluation will be based on partic­ipation, short writing exercises, two short papers, quizzes, and 2 exams. It is recommended that you take this course only after completing L260 or L205.

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