An overview of literature in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Restoration, beginning with the epic poem Beowulf and ending with Alexander Pope’s Essay on Man. Poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose will be covered. This is a writing course that also incorporates instruction in elementary English grammar and syntax.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
• Engage with and discuss a broad scope of literature written in the English language, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Restoration
• Read a literary work through its formal elements as well as its historical context
• Write competently at the university level
• English grammar: Elementary rules of usage
• Elementary principles of composition
• What is literature; Anglo-Saxon; Middle Ages; Renaissance; the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries