English 270 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:
Puchner, Martin et al., ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, vol. 1. 5th edition. New York; Macmillan, 2012.
[The department permits other standard anthologies such as the Longman Anthology of World Literature.]
World Literature (3) A survey of world masterpieces (excluding British and American writers) from the beginning through the Renaissance.
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 270 will:
The epic [Homer, Virgil, etc.]: The epic form in context; development of epic language and method of characterization; relations of individuals to governments.
Texts of ancient religion [Hebrew Bible, Christian Scriptures, Bhagavad Gita, Analects, Dao texts, etc.]: Notion of deities and their relations to human beings; literary forms in context; relations of the individual to governments; differences between religion and philosophy; examination of racial and ethnic status as religious markers.
Dramatic traditions [Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Japanese traditions, etc.]: Attention to the difference between ritual and drama; development of characterization; relationship between drama and civilization myths; relationship between the individual and governmental authority.
Lyric poetry [Pindar, Sappho, The Tamil Anthologies, the Chinese Book of Songs, Ovid]: The lyric in context; gender differences in social context; comparison between eastern and western notions of love.
The folk and art tale [The Tale of Genji, Tale of Heike, The Thousand and One Nights, Lais of Marie de France]: The tale of intrigue; gender relationships in social contexts; generic characteristics of the tale.
The Quran: Notions of divinity; relationship between Quran and Hebrew Bible and Christian Scriptures; the role of Mohammad as messenger and prophet.
The epic [Dante, The Song of Roland, Son Jara, etc.]: The epic in context; human relationships in the social order; conflicts between Christian and Islamic world views; visions of social and theological organization; critics of contemporary politics and people.
The lyric [Representative texts for Carmina Burana, Representative texts from the Tang Dynasty, Representative texts from courtly women’s writing in China]: The lyric in context; representation of war, love, relationships, nature, etc., representation of gender difference.
The lyric [Petrarch, Ronsard, Du Ballay, Vernacular poetry of South East Asia]: The lyric in context and its development throughout Western Europe, the representation of advice, representation of gender difference, mysticism and poetry.
Conduct books [Machiavelli, Erasmus, Castiglione, Conduct letters from South East Asia]: Relationship of person to person; relationship of person to governmental authority; courtesy as civilized behavior.
Prose fiction [Navarre, Rabelais, Montaigne, Cervantes]: The frame tale in context; the representation of reality; the birth of the modern essay; the critique of the romance as a literary form.
The literature of exploration [Polo, Columbus, Native American and South American Native traditions]: The encounter of Europeans and indigenous peoples of the “New World; the notion of the old world in the new; cultural clashes between competing traditions.
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