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ENGL-203 English Literature I

This course examines language, ideas, and political/cultural values in English literature from Anglo-Saxon times through the Renaissance and into the 1700s. Students explore a variety of genres, such as poetry, letters, and drama, and study major authors, such as Shakespeare, as well as texts representing diverse perspectives of men and women in English literature. Key motifs from the texts include history, ideology, and the evolving ideas about humanity and the rise of individualism. This course is writing intensive.

Credits

3

Prerequisite

ENGL-121

Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Recognize literary terms, concepts, critical strategies and stylistic characters in the texts studied.

2. Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of texts.

3. Write analytically about literary works, using appropriate research and documentation.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of ways the literature studied reflects its intellectual, social, historical, and cultural contexts.

5. Evaluate the power of literature to address personal values and goals and to challenge human endeavors.

6. Compare the writings of two past ages or compare the writing of the past with those of our times.

7. Describe the growth of language through the ages of Old, Middle, and Modern English.