English 45A

Literature in English: Through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2013 Nelson, Alan H.
MW 10-11 + discussion sections F 10-11 110 Barrows

Book List

Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales; Greenblatt, Stephen, ed.: Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1; Milton, John: Paradise Lost


Edmund Spenser admired and imitated Geoffrey Chaucer; John Milton admired and imitated both Chaucer and Spenser. This kind of admiration and imitation constitutes “literary tradition.” Early modern English authors looked not only to native precedents, but also to ancient Greece and Rome, and to contemporary Italy and France, for inspiration and approval. This course will concentrate on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Spenser’s Faery Queene (Book I), and Milton’s Paradise Lost; additional texts will be read for the sake of historical context. Written work for the semester will consist of several quizzes, one midterm exam, several short papers, and a final exam. Students must be prepared to attend lectures and discussion sections faithfully. 

Discussion Sections

101 Miller, Jasmin
F 10-11 155 Barrows
102 Lorden, Jennifer A.
F 10-11 175 Barrows

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