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British LitEN244G (W)

British Literature: From Castles to Colonies

MWF 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Instructor: Bonnie Erwin

What do the Crusades, the Black Death, and the French Revolution all have in common? They’re all historical backdrops to some of the most amazing British literature of all time: from the Middle Ages through 1798. Brit Lit I offers you knights and dragons, lords and ladies, the greatest hits of early British love poetry and nature poetry alike, and plenty of high-flying rhetoric from some of England’s many cultural and political revolutions. We’ll read Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton… and even some women writers! We’ll learn to read closely so that we can write brilliantly (for W credit) and we’ll think critically about love, religion, and government. Join me for a roller-coaster of historical thrills, an unending costume party of literary hits, and then brag to your friends about how awesome you thought all this hard, old stuff really is.

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