E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: British (31775-31830)
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course will provide an overview of British literature, mainly poetry, from the Middle Ages to the present. During the semester we will examine the historical and intellectual contexts of works on the reading list, discuss changes in various genres over time, and examine the ways in which particular themes and ideas are treated in different periods. The course is also intended to offer experience in reading literary works closely and writing about them clearly.
Three tests 20% each
Final exam 25%
Participation in discussion section 15%
The final exam will be comprehensive. The tests and the final will contain a mix of short-answer questions and essay questions.
Attendance at the lectures is not required, but the tests will naturally follow the themes and methods explained in the lectures. Attendance will be taken in the discussion sections and will constitute the main part of that 15% of the grade. There will also be a short memorization assignment.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Major Authors, 7th ed.