ENGL 310 Spring 2013 Rebels, Revelers, and Reactionaries: The Poets of the Seventeenth Century

The decades following the death of Elizabeth I were a period of scandal, schism, dissent and decadence, culminating in a bloody civil war and the beheading of a king. It was, in other words, a world turned upside down by every kind of upheaval: in civics, philosophy, politics, religion, and science. It also produced writers of some of England s finest lyric and satiric poetry, and its greatest epic poet. How the century s poets successfully dramatized the critical events and feelings in this time of turmoil will be the focus of the course. While primarily a course in close reading, we will nevertheless try to reconstruct the lives and contexts of the writers, and examine some of the critical and theoretical issues involved in contextualizing the poems. Authors will include Donne, Jonson, Lanyer, Herbert, Herrick, the Cavalier Poets, Milton, Marvell, Cavendish, Dryden, and Rochester.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two 8-10 page essays and several short writing assignments
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3898
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ENGL310-01(S) SEM Rebels and Revelers Division 1: Languages and the Arts Alan W. De Gooyer
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Clark Hall 205 3898
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