The Department of
English & Modern Languages
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
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