English | Literatures in English to 1600
E301 | 7552 | Shannon Gayk

Shannon Gayk

7552 - 9:30a-10:45a TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H

This course offers a survey of Early English literature, ranging
from Beowulf to the Faerie Queene.  Over the course of the semester
we will examine in detail the processes of early poetic invention
and consider the following questions: To what purposes was early
poetry put?  How does the literature represent the poet?  Where does
early English literature find its roots, sources, and subjects?  To
what extent does Early English literature value originality?  What
is the relationship between early poetry and rhetoric? How is the
imagination understood?  What are the representational practices
employed (and how do they differ from modern modes of
representation)? How does early English literature distinguish
between genres and modes?  And what can early English teach us about
modern creativity, literary invention, and the craft of writing more
generally? Course requirements include daily attendance and
participation in discussion, several short writing assignments, a
longer paper, and midterm and final exams. Course Texts: The
Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Vols. 1&2.