E302 4382 MC DOWELL
Literatures in English 1600-1800

1:30p-2:20p D (30) 3 cr.

This survey of British Literature has two mutually informing emphases: 1) it introduces students to a broad range of literary expression from the early seventeenth century through the eighteenth century, drawing attention to the significant genres, conventions, techniques, and ideas that significant writers during each period developed and favored; and 2) it examines the changing ways in which British writers during these two centuries defined the idea of community. Some of the questions we will be asking include, How do writers and characters define their social worlds? To what extent is the division between public and private (taken for granted in our twenty- first-century American society) operative in earlier British contexts? And what constitutes an individual and his/her relations with others? Our dual emphasis on literary history (i.e., the history of genres, forms, styles, aesthetic tastes, etc.) and historical context (i.e., history of ideas, politics, cultural history, biography, etc.) will prove useful to anyone who wishes to study in greater depth any British author(s) or text(s) from 1600-1800, either in subsequent classes or on one's own.

If you have questions about the course, feel free to contact the instructor, Sean McDowell, at smcdowel@indiana.edu.

Probable text: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1.