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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.

CRN: 94094

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 40/40

Days Time Location
TR 16:00 - 17:15 LAFAYETTE HALL L102

Instructor(s): Jennifer Sisk

Meeting Dates: 27 Aug 2012 - 05 Dec 2012