ENGLISH 350 - Literature in English to 1660
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Beginning with the bawdy exuberance of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and ending with the pious pleasures of John Milton's Paradise Lost, this course offers an opportunity to study intensively some of the greatest works of English literary culture. We will read a dazzling variety of Medieval and Renaissance works by some of the most thrilling writers in any period: Margery Kempe, Thomas Wyatt, Christopher Marlowe, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Webster, Mary Wroth, John Donne, George Herbert, and Amelia Lanyer. This will allow us to consider in detail some of the most moving love poetry written in English, and some of the most powerful religious verse. We will explore changes in the idea of the self during this time, and will ask how issues of gender and sexuality inflect representations of love and power. We will also concern ourselves with issues of form and genre, tracking the ways in which lyric, epic and drama emerge in English, and change over centuries. We will conclude with Paradise Lost, Milton’s magnificent epic of the fall of humanity from Edenic innocence. Perhaps most importantly, we will throughout the semester develop interpretive strategies that will further enhance your ability to analyze literary and non-literary texts.

ENGLISH 350 - Literature in English to 1660
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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