English 45A

Literature in English: Through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2018 Marno, David
Lectures MW 3-4 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 3-4; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12; sec. 105: F 12-1; sec. 106: F 1-2) Lectures: 2 Le Conte; disc. secs. in different locations

Book List

Greenblatt, Stephen: The Norton Anthology of English Literature ; Shakespeare, William: A Midsummer Night's Dream


This is a story of discovering, then forgetting, then discovering again the fact that a particular language can be used not only for communication but also for creation. At the beginning of our story Caedmon, a shepherd, is called upon in his dream to praise God in poetry. A thousand years later, John Milton calls upon the “Heav’nly Muse” to sing “Of Man’s First Disobedience.” In between them, English turns from its humble beginnings into a medium of literature. In this course, we trace this transformation by readings works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton. 

Discussion Sections

101 Homans-Turnbull, Marian
F 9-10 2038 Valley LSB
102 Clark, Amy
F 3-4 54 Barrows
103 Rice, Sarah Sands
Thurs. 10-11 301 Wheeler
104 Rice, Sarah Sands
Thurs. 11-12 301 Wheeler
105 Homans-Turnbull, Marian
F 3-4 279 Dwinelle
106 Clark, Amy
F 1-2 189 Dwinelle

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