ENG-2281/2282/2283 Survey of English Literature I, II, III

3 credits

Prerequisite: ENG-1051 or ENG-1032.May be taken in sequence or separately.

These three courses focus on representative works by writers from the British Isles and provide students with an historical perspective from which to study the development of major genres and themes in the English literary tradition. ENG-2281 begins with Beowulf and Old English literature, proceeds through the Middle Ages, focusing on Chaucer, explores representative literature from the Age of Elizabeth, and concludes with Shakespeare and Donne. ENG-2282 begins with the English Revolution and Milton's Paradise Lost, considers works from the Restoration and the Age of Reason, including Aphra Behn and Swift, and surveys key Romantic writers such as Blake, Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley. ENG-2283 explores Victorian poetry and prose by writers from Robert Browning to Dickens to Oscar Wilde, concluding with a survey of Modernist works and poetry from the World Wars. Meets Part II.A.1. of the GECC.