11:15a-12:05p MWF (30) 3 cr.
This course will focus on English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to
the Elizabethan period. Reading will likely include, but not be
limited to, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,
extensive selections from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, selected
sonnets, and important texts by Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, and
Shakespeare. The course will emphasize the major literary
achievements of the centuries it treats, acknowledging as well the
larger cultural contexts in which these participate. Writing will
include a midterm, a comprehensive final, and several other
assignments, ranging from essays to in-class exercises. Attendance
and participation will be valued.