English | Literatures in English, 1600-1800
E302 | 6781 | Kathy Smith
E302 LITERATURES IN ENGLISH, 1600-1800
6781 - 11:15a-12:05p MWF (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.
This course introduces students to important authors, influential
texts, and historical and cultural contexts of English and American
literatures from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. To
that end, we will identify and practice strategies for reading and
writing about literature that represents a variety of genres,
conventions, and techniques as we strive to acquire a greater
understanding and appreciation of works by Sidney, Donne, Herbert,
Jonson, Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope, and Johnson on the one side of
the Atlantic, and Bradstreet, Wigglesworth, Taylor, and Franklin,
among others, on the other side. Receiving special attention in
this section of the course will be issues related to the various
conceptions of the function of poetry and the role of the poet that
emerge and develop throughout our period.
Because much of the work of this course will be carried on through
class discussion and other class activities, regular attendance and
participation will be required. Also required will be a number
of “first pass” exercises, two formal essays, a midterm and a final
Required text: THE NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, Vol. 1
(or 1B and 1C), 8th ed.