British Literature (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)

British Literature (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)

This class is a one-year study of British literature, a look at some of the greatest works of literature from the early Middle Ages through the twentieth century.  Despite covering over a thousand years of literature, we will not be racing through an anthology of short, detached little snippets of books.  Instead, we will be taking a smaller number of the most important and representative works of literature in various genres and studying them carefully and in detail, focusing on close and careful reading rather than merely attaining a superficial familiarity with these works.  The first half of the year will be focused on early British literature, the great stories of the Middle Ages and the poetry and drama of the Renaissance, concluding with Milton’s Paradise Lost.  After the new year, we’ll return with a look at the growth of the modern sensibility and outlook, focusing principally on poetry and the birth of the novel.

Taught By

Professor Corey Olsen

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Course Schedule

British Literature (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Book List

Beowulf – translated by Dirk Ringler
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare
Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Paradise Lost – John Milton
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde

Price: $180.00
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