English 251 Section TBA
British Literary Tradition
Credit Hours: 3
Course Prerequisites: English 110-112 or English 111-112 with an earned grade of C or higher.
Instructor’s Name: TBA
Instructors Office Address, Email Address, Office Hours, and Office Phone Number: TBA
Textbook and Related Materials:
Greenblatt, Stephen and M.H. Abrams, ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. 9th ed. New York: Norton, 2012.
[The department permits other standard anthologies such as the Longman Anthology of British Literature.]
British Literary Tradition (3) English literature from the Romantic period to the present.
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
Individual instructor decisions may vary slightly from section to section, but the emphasis is upon the canon in which the specific ideas noted above can be observed, examined, and analyzed.]
All sections of English 251 will:
First Generation Romantic writers [William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel T. Coleridge, Mary Wallstonecraft, etc.]: The literature of vision; the literature of social protest, including women’s rights and economically undervalued people’s rights; the literature of new voice critiquing humans and their relation to various environments; the literature of revolution, connected with events in the French Revolution.
Second Generation Romantic writers [Lord George Gordon Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, John Keats]: The romantic hero in context; the romantic sensibility; literature as change agent in the social order; the ode in its literary context; the connection between art and literature.
Poetic voices of the period [Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christiana Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, etc.]: The sonnet and dramatic monologue in context; the conflicts of medievalism and social progress; the connection between art and literature; the critique of philosophical/religious institutions.
Prose writing of the period [Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Newman, John Stewart Mill, John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Charles Darwin, etc.]: The birth and growth of modern skepticism with institutions; the notions of liberal education and the place of the university in the modern world; the critical study of art and artists; the role of science as a shaper of modern thought; industrialization and its effects on the modern world; men’s and women’s roles in modern society.
The literature of World Wars I and II [Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Henry Reed, etc.]: Understanding English identity in a European context; the critique of government policies; realism as a vehicle for changing attitudes toward war.
The birth of a modernist literature [T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, etc.]: The connection between existential thought and poetic expression; the critique of literary canons and the gender mechanisms inherent in literary traditions; the identity of the “modern” human.
The critique of British and world colonialism [Joseph Conrad, Salman Rushdie, Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, etc.]: The impact of a British literary tradition in a non-British world; the critique of British colonialism as a racial, economic, and social system in Africa, India, and the Caribbean; the tensions between native and British identities; the development of a post-colonial identity.
The birth of a post-modern literature [Seamus Heaney, Doris Lessing, Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Hill, etc.]: Reflections upon modern life and meaning in context; the conflictual representation of past and present, often dissolving the reality of time markers; critique of familial/social institutions; literature both as a creator and reflector of external realities.
Individual sections of the course may differ, but each section will have at least two in-class exams, part of which will include essay writing. In addition, each student will engage in other relevant writing activities. Over the course of the semester, students write at least 10 pages of finished written work outside of exams, focused particularly on literary texts. Finished writing may be done in or outside of class. Some writing may include work with secondary sources.
Students are expected to attend class regularly. Policies regarding class attendance and make up exams will vary with the instructor, but all are within the handbook guidelines. The English Department has adopted the National Writing Project definition of plagiarism.
Any student eligible for and requesting reasonable accommodations due to a disability is required to provide a letter of accommodation from the Student Success Center.
Revised Fall 2016