English 45A

Literature in English through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2009 Landreth, David
Landreth, David
MW 12-1 + Discussion F 12-1 60 Evans

Other Readings and Media

Chaucer, G.: Canterbury Tales ; Spenser, E.: Edmund Spenser’s Poetry; Marlowe, C.: Doctor Faustus; Donne, J.: John Donne's Poetry; Milton, J.: Paradise Lost


This class introduces students to the production of poetic narrative in English through the close study of major works in that tradition: the Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, Doctor Faustus, Donne's lyrics, and Paradise Lost. Each of these texts reflects differently on the ambition of poetry to encompass the range of a culture’s experience. We will focus particularly on the relationships of different genres to different kinds of knowledge, to see how different ways of expressing things make possible new things to express, as English culture and English poetry transform each other from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries.

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