Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Murphy, Jessica
Discipline and Number
LIT 3319 Section 001
MW Time 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Course Title
Medieval to Renaissance Lit

Description of Course:

Survey of English Literature from the Middle Ages through 1650

Gender and Genre are often thought of as fixed and separate categories, but they can have a profound effect on one another. For example, does an epic offer a different vision of masculinity than a lyric poem? Are female characters in comedies portrayed differently than those in prose romances? In this class, we will explore the literature of the Middle Ages through the middle of the 17th century through the lenses of gender and genre. Students will engage critically with the texts and their historical milieus with attention to the theme of the course.

Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume 1, 8th Edition (can buy Volume 1A and 1B if you prefer slimmer books)
You should have access to an MLA style guide (there are free versions online, such as Purdue's Online Writing Lab).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Work in the course may include short writing assignments, one longer essay, a midterm exam, a group presentation, active class participation, and a final exam.

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