This course introduces important works in English literature that not only serve as artistic texts but also as a record of historic and cultural events from the Medieval through the Modern periods. Students read several genres that encompass these works including poetry, drama, tragedy, satire and the novel. Literary concepts or devices, such as plot or setting, offer a nomenclature by which students can better understand, appreciate, interpret and critique literary works. Students connect these literary devices found within the works and offer personal connections by considering the value this literature has for contemporary readers.
The course project, The Literary Scrapbook: A Personal Journey Through English Literature, is a record of students’ explorations through different eras of English literature. In creating the scrapbook, students offer reflections on the literary devices found within the course readings, and identify personal connections to the literature.
Course Learning Objectives
- Describe important works in English literature from the Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods.
- Interpret literary, personal, and contemporary connections to English literature.
- Define specific literary devices used to understand and interpret English literature including setting, character, plot, theme, irony, figurative language, point of view, and satire.
- Analyze how literature relates to the literary devices explored including setting, character, plot, theme, irony, figurative language, point of view, and satire.