Dr. Goode 3
The main purpose of this survey of British literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th century is to introduce students to major authors and texts of the period while encouraging them to recognize how these texts from the past hold relevance to our current exploration of the human condition. The course is divided into three periods, with texts and authors representative of each period and literary movement: the medieval period, the Early Modern period (16th and early 17th centuries), and the “long eighteenth century” (1660-1800). We will focus pointedly on issues of class, gender, sexuality, and national identity. We will pay close attention to the texts themselves as well as the historical contexts within which they were produced. As with any survey course, many significant texts and authors have not been included. Those works and authors selected for our study, however, give significant voice stylistically and rhetorically to the concerns and issues of their times. Although this course will have the large enrollment expected from an introductory General Education class, it will follow a discussion format with students being encouraged and expected to participate, and the vast majority of information will be disseminated through these discussions.
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