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Survey of British Literature, ENGL 310, Major Authors List

Below is the Departmental list of authors and works which should be covered in the 310 survey of British literature. Where no specific works are listed, it is assumed that students will be given a general knowledge of appropriate works in the canon. The course is not limited to the authors and works listed; works by women will be included in the list of supplemental works. In addition to essay tests and quizzes, students will be required to write at least one formal, critical essay (1500-word computer drafted minimum).

Required text and materials: Norton Anthology of English Literature (major authors edition). Paperbacks may be supplemented where appropriate.

The University Writing Center: To receive individual instruction and feedback on writing in progress, students should be encouraged to visit The Academic Support Center in Knutti 114.  Visits are by appointment (via the online schedule found at www.shepherd.edu/ascweb) or through ShepOwl at http://www.shepherd.edu/scwcweb/tutorform.htm.

 

The Old English Period

Beowulf: selected lyrics

 

Middle English Period

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue; two of the following: "Miller's Tale," "Wife of Bath's Prologue," "Pardoner's Prologue and Tale"

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Langland: Piers Plowman selections

Everyman or the Second Shepherds' Play

Margery Kempe or Julian of Norwich

 

Renaissance

Spenser: Faerie Queene, Book I, Selected Sonnets

Shakespeare: A Play

Marlow's Dr. Faustus or Webster's The Duchess of Malfi

Donne: "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Flea," selected Holy sonnets, Meditation XVII

Herbert or Marvell: Selected metaphysical poems

Milton : "Lycidas," Paradise Lost, Books I, II, and IX, Arguments for Books III-XII

 

Revision approved Spring 2008

 

Prepared and maintained for the Department of English by Dr. Alan Tinkler.