English 115A

Upper Division Coursework: The English Renaissance through the 16th Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Nelson, Alan H.
Nelson, Alan
TTh 9:30-11 110 Barrows

Other Readings and Media

"Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume I; Cavendish, G. and W. Roper: Two Early Tudor Lives; Duncan Jones, K., ed: Sir Philip Sidney: The Major Works; More, T.: Utopia

Recommended Text: Abrams, M.H.: A Glossary of Literary Terms "


"This is a course on genres of English literature, excluding drama, as they developed over the course of the sixteenth century. In particular, we will attempt to understand how English authors created what in retrospect seems a quintessentially national literature by imitating foreign literatures, particularly the literatures of classical Rome and Renaissance Italy. We will also attempt to understand how this new literature made its first appearance, whether in manuscript or in print. The readings are designed to complement rather than duplicate literature normally covered in English 45A.

Two or three papers (wait for announcement in the first week of class), midterm, and final examination. "

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