English | Literatures in English to 1600
E301 | 2198 | Ingham


E301 2198 INGHAM
Literatures in English to 1600

2198 9:05a-9:55a MWF (30) 3 CR.

OPEN TO MAJORS ONLY.  DECLARED MINORS OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM
BH442.

How do texts of early English Literature imagine the community of
peoples they purport to represent? Who has been included and who has
been marginalized? How do premodern texts imagine the self in
relation to a larger group identity? This course will engage these
central questions in its survey of early literature in English from
the Anglo-Saxon period to Elizabethan days. Readings will include
Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, extensive selections from
Geoffrey Chaucerís Canterbury Tales, selections from The Book of
Margery Kempe, Thomas Maloryís Morte Darthur, and Edmund Spenserís
The Faerie Queene, selected poems, plays, and important texts by
Surrey, Marlowe, and Shakespeare.  Course requirements include a
midterm and final, quizzes and exercises, and two longer written
analyses. Regular attendance and participation are expected.