E f316K • Masterworks of Literature: British
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Literature and Social Constructions--
This course will provide a broad overview of British literature from the 14th to the late 20th century.
We will read and try to understand some of the great authors in the English tradition: Chaucer, the Gawain poet, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, the Romantics, Yeats, Winterson, and others. We will also try to determine why people have regarded them as "great." Some attempt will thus be made to place the literature in its historical context, but our primary attention will be directed toward the works themselves. The course will be aimed at the development of your skills as close, careful readers of literature.
Most of the period will be devoted to lecture; however, I will frequently ask questions and solicit commentary, so please be prepared to talk about what you have read.
Four tests, including a comprehensive final exam, with several diagnostic quizzes
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Major Authors Edition (6th ed.)
William Shakespeare, Macbeth (signet)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (signet)
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion or Sexing the Cherry (Vintage)
Course Packet (miscellaneous short stories and poems)
You must bring the relevant text to class.