English 45A

Literature in English: Through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Landreth, David
MW 2-3 + discussion sections F 2-3 213 Wheeler

Book List

Chaucer, Geoffrey: Canterbury Tales; Donne, John: Complete Poems; Marlowe, Christopher: Doctor Faustus; Milton, John: Paradise Lost; Spenser, Edmund: Edmund Spenser's Poetry


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.

Please note that this class will first meet on Monday, August 27; discussion sections will not start being held until Friday, August 31.

Discussion Sections

101 Weiner, Joshua J
F 2-3 174 Barrows
102 Wyatt, Gabriella
F 2-3 136 Barrows

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