E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: English (33990-34035)
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Empire, Identity, and Literature--
This course introduces students to British literature from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. While the reading selections represent a broad range of literary forms and genres, we will focus on a group of themes and how they change through different periods and cultural contexts. Specifically, these themes include women and gender roles, British self and national identity, imperialism, and religious and political consciousness. By reading British literature through these lenses, we will see continuities and divergences, common concerns and radical differences. We will also seek an understanding of the way self-expression interacts with historical and cultural contexts to produce what we think of as "literature."
Class participation (attendance, reading, discussion, quizzes) 20%
2 Exams 25% each
Final exam 30%
Attendance is mandatory. If you must miss a class, please let me know in advance, if possible. You will still be responsible for the reading and getting notes from another student on what you missed. If you must miss an exam, you may not take it at a later date unless you have made arrangements to do so before the date on which the test is given. Missed quizzes may not be made up.