ENGL2322 - British Literature I
Catalog Description: A general survey of the literature of Britain from the beginning through the eighteenth century, involving chronological study of the principal authors, their works, and the movements pertaining to British literature, with emphasis on writing literary criticism.
Prerequisite(s): Students taking this course must have satisfactorily completed both semesters of Composition I & II, ENGL 1301 and 1302, or the equivalent from another college or university.
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours / Week: 3
Contact Hours / Semester: 48
State Approval Code: 2308015112
Core Curriculum: State Criteria
Basic Intellectual Competencies (The following reflect the state-mandated competencies taught in this course.):
- Critical Thinking
- Computer Literacy
Perspectives (The following reflect the state-mandated perspectives taught in this course.):
- Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
- Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
- Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
- Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
- Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
- Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
- Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
- Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.
Exemplary Objectives (The following reflect the state-mandated exemplary objectives taught in this course.):
Humanities: The objective of the humanities and visual and performing arts in a core curriculum is to expand student's knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature, philosophy, and the visual and performing arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation of the arts and humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. Students should have experiences in both the arts and humanities.
- To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
- To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
- To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
- To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
- To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
Young, Mary Ellen
General Course Objectives:
- To acquire knowledge of specific works of literature written during the historical period.
- To acquire knowledge of recurrent themes in British literature from Medieval Period through the 18th century.
- To acquire knowledge of issues and their historical and cultural contexts from Medieval Period through the 18th century.
- To acquire knowledge of various genres, which may include but not be limited to epic, romance, saint's lives, dramas, lyrical poetry, prose argument, and satire.
Specific Course Objectives:
At the end of the course, the student should have demostrated through tests, quizzes, reading assignments, research assignments, class discussions, writing assignments, and listening assignments all of the following knowledge:
- The ability to write clearly and analytically about this period of British literature.
- Knowledge of the connections between different pieces of literature in terms of theme, subject, form, style and motif.
- Knowledge of various ways of approaching works of literature, which may include formalism, structuralism, Marxism, feminism, gender studies, ecrocriticism, psychoanalytical criticism, new historicism, and various post-structural approaches.
- Knowledge of appropriate literary terms.
At the end of the course, the student should have demonstrated an ability to do the following:
- Ability to make corrections between different works of literature in terms of theme, subject, form, style, and motif.
- Ability to analyze and discuss literature and to contribute to class discussion.
- Ability to write clearly and effectively about the literature of this course.
- Ability to define and correctly use literary terms appropriate for the material.
At the end of the course, the student should be aware of the following:
- Awareness of continuing influence of literary works in popular culture.
- Awareness of influences of culture on the literature and the literature on the culture.
- Awareness of the humanistic aspects of British literature.
- Awareness that literature offers many possible interpretations and that its viability depends on making personal connections.
- Awareness of the emotional richness of language in literature.
All students in English Literature 2322 will be required to do the following:
- Read all assignments.
- Take a minimum of two tests.
- Write (a) a minimum of two analytical papers of 1000 words that may require research, or (b) a more substantial research paper (2000 words) or (c) some combination of a and b.
Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery:
Instruction for this course may be achieved through the use of lecture, discussion, class projects, student presentations, Internet, field trips and readings.
The instructors will use the following methods of assessment:
- Test grades
Students' final grades are determined by assessment of their works as reflected in their overall performance. Determining factors that may be used by the instructor are listed under "Assessment."
Texts, Materials, and Supplies:
Norton Anthology of British Literature I
Evaluation of Learning Outcomes
This will be determined by student completion rate, specified percentage of students passing with C or better, and instructor evaluations.