ENGL 211 A: Literature, 1500-1800

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
CDH 125
Paul Remley
Paul Remley

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The course will provide a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the literature of the later Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, in a survey that will endeavor to place texts remote from our modern era in their social and historical contexts. For this offering of the course, an emphasis will be placed on the fictional "universes" implicit in various medieval conceptions of the Otherworld and their modern reflexes in works including More's _Utopia_. The discussion will be linked in turn to recent theoretical analyses of boundary-crossing and "liminality." Students will read and discuss important works of prose and poetry from the later Middle English period; a range of poetic works dating from c. 1500 until c. 1800; and -- in an especially close analysis, taking in the whole of range of medieval and early modern traditions -- sections of Spenser's _Faerie Queene_. There will be a mid-term, final, and major term paper.

Catalog Description: 
Introduces literature from the Age of Shakespeare to the American and French Revolutions, focusing on major works that have shaped the development of literary and intellectual traditions in these centuries. Topics include: The Renaissance, religious and political reforms, exploration and colonialism, vernacular cultures, and scientific thought. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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March 24, 2016 - 11:24am