E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: British (Longhorn Scholars Section)
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Restricted to Students in the Longhorn Scholars Program of Connexus
This survey of British literature covers the periods from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. The emphasis of the course is on the periods prior to the present century, but there are a few representative modern authors included. The difficulty in any survey course is to cover as much material as possible in order to understand the major movements and figures in each period. Also, it is important to gain a sense of the development of a national literature as it changes but also carries on a tradition that is identifiable through certain ideas or attitudes that remain of concern to a particular culture. These changes and consistencies are often most fully reflected in the writing styles found in each period of a national literature. For this reason, we will look closely at the forms and structures of the works anthologized as representative of the various periods from medieval to modern.
There will be four in-class essays and three out-of-class essays. Each of the first three in-class essays will count for 15% of the grade and the final in-class essay for 25%. The three out-of-class essays will each count for 10% of the grade. Late out-of-class papers will be lowered automatically by one letter grade before they are graded.
Class attendance is essential.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors, latest edition, eds. Abrams, et al.
Anthony Trollope, The Way We Live Now