ENGL 211
English Literature from 1000 to1600 Spring 2018
Division I
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One of the oldest surviving works in English, Beowulf tells the story of a monster and his mom. In this class we will read key texts from the medieval and early modern periods, starting with Beowulf and ending with Shakespeare’s equally bloody Titus Andronicus. Other readings will include selections from The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, sonnets by Sidney and Donne, and Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta. We will discuss the conflicting, often self-contradictory claims that writers in these periods made for the importance of literature and the anxieties that these new types of fiction generate–about sex, about God, about money. We will ask what it meant to read–and misread–before books were commonplace.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3794
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers (5-7 pages), midterm, final
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A

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