MEMS 350 - Literature in English to 1660
Section: 001 Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the Pre-1600 requirement for English concentrators. .
Other Course Info:
F.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton wrote for broad popular audiences. They addressed issues of pressing concern to many, then and now: power, religion, gender, sexuality, identity. Their works continue to be read because they still reveal something important about what it means to be human—able to create meanings and meters, feel love and despair, know and doubt reality. Students are invited in this course to consider major works of early English literature closely in order to discern what meanings authors shape, how they use literary form to complicate and inflect those meanings, how they address their cultural moments as well as, potentially, our own. The readings in this course will seek to organize the astonishing flowering of English literature between about 1360 and 1660 into the coherent outlines of broad historical, generic, and cultural changes. We will touch on corruption in the church, civil wars, sexual revolutions, the construction of theaters, the rise of the middle class, the invention of printing, and innovative experiments in verse and narrative forms. Students may use this course to master the basic elements of early English literary history, and to enhance their aesthetic appreciation, skill with literary analysis, and cultural literacy. If they are willing to learn from long-dead poets and playwrights, they may also discover something about themselves—their cultural assumptions and personal desires, their unrecognized ideologies, their beliefs about their place in the world.

Course requirements include a lot of reading, two essays, regular review and synthesis exercises (aka quizzes), collaborative learning projects, online discussion, and active questioning of lectures and course texts.

MEMS 350 - Literature in English to 1660
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
22833
Open
32
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
22835
Open
9
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
22837
Open
3
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
22839
Open
8
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
22841
Open
3
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
35599
Open
5
 
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
35601
Open
4
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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