English 2322  (British Literature, Part I)

Course Prerequisites:  English 1302

Description:  A survey course which consists of reading and analyzing significant works of British literature beginning with the Middle Ages and culminating in the Restoration and the 18th Century.


The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors,
Volume A, 8th ed.
David, Donaldson, etal, W. W. Norton & Co: New York


Reading: Regular textbook reading assignments plus online handouts or assigned websites as well as the writing of others in the class.  

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
   Recognize the major movements and periods of British literature from the Romantic Age through the present;
   Read and analyze both masterpieces and secondary works of British literature;
   Demonstrate knowledge of literary genres and terminology;
   Identify the characteristic elements that relate literary works to the whole of British literature;  
   Communicate an understanding of British literature and its general history through papers, projects, and examinations that are written in clear, well-organized prose.

Course Competencies:
   Identify the characteristics and significance of the generally-accepted periods of the second half of British Literature: Romantic, Victorian, and Modern;
   Read and analyze masterpieces and, where necessary, secondary works of each of the major periods of British literature: epic, poetry, fiction, and drama;
   Compare, contrast, and synthesize works and ideas in a perceptive fashion;
   Use standard terminology and techniques to analyze works from the various genres;
   Understand the themes and significance of literary works;
   Express results of literary analysis in a clear, well-organized style;
   Understand the relation of a work to its period and to British literature as a whole;
   Participate in all assigned work.

Assigned Discussion Board topics
Five - seven tests including the final exam*    
One research essay                
*(Failure to complete the final may result in a failing grade for the course)

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