Joan Pong Linton

10:20a-11:35a D (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

This course will focus on English literature from Anglo Saxon times through the Elizabethan period, with a focus on the images of community presented in these works, and the social values and assumptions they reflect or question. We will read texts from a variety of critical perspectives in order to develop an understanding of each within its literary, cultural, and historical contexts. Readings will include but not be limited to: Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, selections from Chaucerís Canterbury Tales, Book 1 of Spenserís The Faerie Queene, lyric poetry of Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare, and a play by Marlowe or Shakespeare. Writing will include a comprehensive final, in-class short writings and two 5- page essays. Regular attendance and participation are expected.