The Department of
English & Modern Languages
Survey of British Literature, ENGL 311 , Major Authors List
Below is the Departmental list of authors and works which should be covered in the 311 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 paper (or 1500-word computer drafted equivalent).
Essential skills and/or outcomes to be acquired through the course include:
1) an ability to render close textual analysis and close reading of works of British literature;
2) an ability to synthesize information from multiple texts;
3) an ability to express clear, cogent ideas;
4) an ability to render thoughtful and well-written essays, with thesis, textual support, and analysis;
5) the cultivation of aesthetic and critical judgments about literature;
6) an understanding of the philosophic, critical, and cultural ideas from which the literature of Britain evolved;
7) an understanding of relevant literary periods .
Required text and materials: Norton Anthology of British Literature (major authors edition). Paperback volumes may be supplemented where appropriate. Student computer account.
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.
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
Dryden: Selected prose and poetry
Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
Congreve: The Way of the World
Swift: Gulliver's Travel s, Books I & 4, “ Modest Proposal”
Pope: "An Essay on Criticism" or "Essay on Man"
Johnson: Rassalas , Dictionary selections, Rambler no. 4, Selections from Lives
Austen: Sense and Sensibility
Blake: Selections from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
Wordsworth: Preface to 1800 edition of Lyrical Ballads , "Tintern Abbey" or "Intimations of Immortality," selections from The Prelude and selected sonnets
Coleridge: "Kubla Khan," “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” selections from Biographic Literaria
Byron: Don Juan, Canto I
M. Shelley: Frankenstein
P. Shelley: From A Defence of Poetry , “Ode to the West Wind,” Selected poems
Keats: Letters, Selection from the odes and other poems
Tennyson: Selections from In Memoriam, "Ulysses," "Tithonus"
Barrett Browning: Selections from Aurora Leigh
Robert Browning: Selected poems
Dickens: Hard Times
Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems
Arnold : "The Study of Poetry," "The Function of Criticism," selected poems
Hopkins : "God's Grandeur," "Windhover," selections from Terrible Sonnets
Revision approved: Spring 2008