This course provides beginning students of English with a chronological outline of early literature in English from the Middle Ages to the late eighteenth century. It introduces them to the central themes, genres, and forces that have shaped the early history of literature as well as the tools, vocabularies, and critical practices of literary studies. We will organize our semester around four themes: inventing a nation; the sacred and the secular; centers and margins; private and public. We will study, among others, four of the following key texts and authors: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and one of Defoe's novels. NOTE: Satisfies one of the two 200-level requirements for the English Major.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01Literature in English: Early Texts and Contexts
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