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ENGL 4925 Advanced Topic Seminar: Literary Approaches to the Past (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course is a study of literary narratives set in the distant past. Students will become familiar with a variety of genres of writing over 500 years of literary history. Questions to be addressed include: How and why do authors imagine the past? Is anachronism always an error? Is the past knowable, and is the literature of the past a good way to get to know it? We consider why an array of writers, including Thomas Malory, William Shakespeare, and Mark Twain, chose to tell tales of long ago.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Eric Weiskott

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement.


Last Updated: 03-Nov-14