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ENGL 2170 Introduction to British Literature and Culture I (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The British Isles were home to an exceptionally vibrant early literary tradition spanning English, French, Irish, Latin, and other languages. British writing connected rulers and rebels, merchants and monks, brewers and bureaucrats. This course is a survey of British literature from the beginnings to the early eighteenth century. Most texts are in English; some are read in translation. The course focuses on connections between literature, power, and the formation of literary canons. The survey covers all major genres of early British literature. Texts and authors will include Beowulf, Marie de France, Chaucer, Margery Kempe, Shakespeare, Milton, Aphra Behn, and Swift.


Instructor(s): Eric Weiskott

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1700 requirement.


Last Updated: 17-Jan-17