English 45A

Literature in English: Through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2004 Adelman, Janet
Adelman, Janet
MW 1-2 in 2 LeConte, plus one hour of discussion section per week (all sections F 1-2) 2 LeConte

Other Readings and Media

Chaucer: G.: The Canterbury Tales; Milton, J.: Paradise Lost; Spenser, E.: Edmund Spenser?s Poetry; Norton Anthology of English Literature (Volume 1)


This course is an introduction to major works by Chaucer, Spenser, and Milton, with supplements from the Norton Anthology. In each case, I will ask you to consider both the strangeness and the odd familiarity of these works, so far away from us in time and yet so close to many of our contemporary concerns. I am particularly interested in the power of representational resources available to these authors and now lost to us. My general approach to literature is feminist and psychoanalytic; I hope that you will be able to develop your own approaches to these texts in your section meetings and on your papers. Requirements for the course include the writing of three papers and a final exam, as well as participation in section meetings.

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