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ENGS 140 – Survey Brit Lit to 1700

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Works by major authors (including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton) from the Anglo-Saxon period to early Enlightenment. Recommended for students considering graduate-level work in English. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.

Section Description: English 140 is a historical survey of some of the most famous and best loved works of literature written in England from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1700. Although we’ll cover a lot of ground, this is not an introductory course but rather (as the course number indicates) an upper-level course for English majors that engages large matters of cultural and literary history along with the literature. The selected texts provide an overview of the period, a good orientation to the diversity of medieval and early modern genres, and a lot of extremely rewarding—though sometimes difficult—reading. We’ll spend time in class discussing some of the relevant critical conversations that engage literary scholars today and have historically circled around these texts, and you’ll have ample opportunity to explore your ideas about these texts in writing. If you’re considering a graduate degree in English literature and will be taking the GRE subject exam, this course is a good way to prepare the early material. Required texts (it is important to get these particular editions): 1. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th ed., package 1 (volumes A, B, and C) (2005). ISBN 9780393928334 2. Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, translated by Nevill Coghill, Penguin Classics edition (1971). ISBN 9780140442397 3. William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale, Signet Classics revised edition (1998). ISBN 9780451527141 4. John Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, New Mermaid second edition (2003). ISBN 9780713650600

CRN: 91950

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 31/30

Days Time Location
TR 11:30 - 12:45 OLD MILL ANNEX A200

Instructor(s): Jennifer Sisk

Meeting Dates: 29 Aug 2011 - 07 Dec 2011