This course will focus on selected poems, plays and short stories from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century in Great Britain. While our analysis is broad in scope, it is not all-inclusive; many writers will not be covered. Other topics will include the historical and cultural contexts as well as the social issues of these periods. Students will have the opportunity to think critically and practice writing skills that will be applied in literary analysis projects. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Develop familiarity with early British literature through interpretation and discussion of readings.
- Assess how religion impacted British literature.
- Analyze the historical context of literature studied.
- Investigate literature and conventions critically to explore multiple interpretations.
- Evaluate how culture impacts literature.
- Create hypotheses on how symbols and imagery contribute to literature.
- Create and revise literary analysis of literature.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Initial Discussion Responses (Weeks 1-8, 60 points each)
|Peer Responses (Weeks 1-8, 15 points each)|
Essay #1 (Week 3)
Essay #2 (Week 5)
Final Essay (Week 8)
There are no required texts for this course. All works will be available through open-source links and handouts. Open Web Resource: Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
- Students are expected to watch a movie in week five. Students are expected to seek access to film either via their public library, streaming service and/or buy DVD(s) via retailer. Additional fees may apply.
Readings and Exercises
Topics: Course Orientation and Old Saxon Heroism
Topics: Chaucer: Heroism and Religion
Topics: Honor, Courtly Love, and Faith
Topics: Renaissance and Religious Reform
Topics: Elizabethan Era and the Role of Woman
Topics: 17th Century and a Question of Faith
Topic: 18th Century Transition
Topic: Final Essay
Prepare Draft Final Project
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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