Literary History 1

L310 — Spring 2020

Joan Pong Linton
Days and Times
11:15-12:30 TR
Course Description

If the idea of a literary survey sounds nondescript to you, let me invite you to a romp through early English literature exploring the social games people play, both within the fictive worlds of the texts and between authors and audiences. This journey will introduce you to important authors, influential texts, and historical and cultural contexts of English literature from its beginnings through the seventeenth century. Along the way we will practice strategies for reading and writing about literature from a variety of genres, in order to understand and appreciate more fully the ways texts play on conventions and language games, and how this kind of serious play can serve as “equipment for living” (to borrow a phrase from Kenneth Burke).

The main text for this course is the Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1 (or 1A, 1B, and 1C). There will also be a few short readings available from your Canvas course website.

Assignments include a number of short exploratory and interpretive writings, a mid-term exam, and a final essay.