English 45A

Literature in English: Through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2008 Justice, Steven
Justice, Steven
MW 2-3, plus one hour of discussion section per week 60 Evans

Other Readings and Media

Chaucer, G.: Canterbury Tales; Spenser, E.: Edmund Spenser�s Poetry; Marlowe, C.: Doctor Faustus ; 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, and Paradise Lost. Each of these texts reflects differently on the ambition of national, epic poetry to enfold the range of a culture�s experience. We will focus particularly, therefore, 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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