Group A (Early British Literature)

Literature Group A: One (1) course from the following:

ENGL 220 Shakespeare
ENGL 251 British Literature I: Old English to 1680
ENGL 313 Medieval and Renaissance Drama
ENGL 314 English Renaissance Literature
ENGL 317 Studies in Shakespeare
ENGL 375 Studies in British Literature (depending on topic)
ENGL 407 Chaucer

ENGL 220 Shakespeare (Gen. Ed. Goals 4, 12)
An introduction to Shakespearean comedy, tragedy, history, and romance in such plays as As You Like It, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Othello, Henry V, and The Tempest. The course explores the Elizabethan-Jacobean roots of Shakespeare’s plays and their continuing popularity by studying language, dramatic technique, performance on stage and screen, and the representation of gender, race, and class. Students who have received credit for 21.215/315 Shakespeare I, or 21.216/316 Shakespeare II will not receive credit for this course.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 251 British Literature I: Old English to 1680
A chronological study of British literature that focuses on representative works and authors through 1680. Readings include Beowulf, selections from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, one Shakespeare play, and selections from other writers such as Malory, Spenser, Sidney, Donne, Cary, and Milton. Works are explored in the context of the literary, cultural, and historical milieu in which they were produced.
Prerequisite: Completion of Gen. Ed. Goal 1 or permission of instructor.

ENGL 313 Medieval and Renaissance Drama
A study of English drama from its festive, religious, and classical roots to the popular entertainments of the pre-modern era. Readings include medieval mysteries and moralities, Renaissance pastoral plays, and Elizabethan-Jacobean tragedies and comedies, with attention to such dramatists as Marlowe, Jonson, Cary, Middleton, Webster, Beaumont, and Fletcher.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 314 English Renaissance Literature
The study of sixteenth and seventeenth-century authors who created a new national literature out of classical, continental, and native traditions. Through varying topics and study of such authors as Greene, Spenser, Sidney, Lanyer, Jonson, Wroth, Bacon, Donne, and Milton, students explore literary and cultural contexts for a rich array of genres, including lyric, romance, pastoral, essay, and allegory.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 317 Studies in Shakespeare
An exploration of a special topic in Shakespearean drama, focusing on a theme, a genre, or a particular literary, social, or political context in selected plays. Shakespeare is studied as a poet, playwright, and thinker. Topics, which change every year, will include Shakespeare on Film, Shakespearean Families, Gender and Genre in Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Dramatic Imagery, and Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 375 Studies in British Literature
An exploration of a special topic in British literature. Topics change each time the course is offered and may include such subjects as epic poetry, Jacobean drama, the industrial novel, and the representation of the family. Depending on the topic, the course may fulfill the requirement for either Group A or Group B.
Prerequisites: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

ENGL 407 Chaucer
A study of The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and other shorter poems in relation to Chaucer’s world and time, his development as an artist, and the lasting value of the works. After an introduction to Chaucer’s language, students read his works in Middle English.
Prerequisite: ENGL 204 Literary Study or permission of instructor.

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