Literary History 1

L310 — Spring 2020

Joey McMullen
Days and Times
4:00-5:15 TR
Course Description

An introduction to major works in English literature from Beowulf up to the seventeenth century, this course explores various ways that new identities are created through the cultural forces that shape poets, genres, and groups. We will read early literature in its cultural context, gaining a sense of literary history along with a general awareness of the large movements in history and geography found in the small shapes of literary texts. We will discover that what we now know as “British” literature did not emerge from a sort of “pure” cultural tradition, but from a complicated series of invasions, conversions, appropriations, influences, and revolutions over hundreds of years.