Instructor: Dr. Kisha Tracy
Spring 2016
ENGL 2200

What Will We Learn?
At the end of this course, successful students will be able to:
  • recognize and articulate the value of studying early British literature;
  • identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature;
  • read works of literature closely and thoroughly;
  • develop their insights effectively through written and oral communication, particularly via essay and collaborative wiki;
  • and identify the steps of the research process and apply information literacy skills in a variety of contexts.

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Make this an enlightening space to discover early British literature.

This course seeks to survey the major British literary texts from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century. During this exploration, we will study and discuss significant historical moments as well as cultural characteristics that defined the literary imagination and influenced authors to create their writings. We will trace the development of themes and trends from Anglo-Saxon England to the Renaissance and beyond, from the time of Chaucer to Shakespeare. What connects these major authors? How did their changing worlds affect their writing? What are our current perceptions, and should we reevaluate them?