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Catalog description for English 251/British Literature Survey I: This course is a historical study of the diversity of British literature from the beginnings through the seventeenth century, encompassing a range of writing by women and men from various cultural, ethnic and popular traditions.
English 251 engages students in the careful reading of a representative selection of works of poetry, prose, and drama written by important figures in the British literary tradition from the 10th century to the 17th century. The course provides students with a perspective on the emergence and development of the English language and one of the richest pre-industrial European literary and cultural traditions. Students are asked to reflect carefully on what makes a literary work significant or great and on how and why standards of significance and greatness change over time. They examine the ways in which literary texts and authors respond to each other and they explore the ever-changing nature of our relationship to linguistic, historical and literary traditions. In the process of considering the significance of a variety of works written by women and men from different British regional, religious, social, ethnic, and political traditions, students learn to recognize and appreciate the linguistic, cultural, generic and formal diversity of British literature.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Reading Literature (RL) Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET) Extended Requirement: Pre-Industrial Society (PI)
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: English 165W or English 170W Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: English 251 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 5 Number of Seats: 25
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