English 179

Literature and Linguistics

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2017 Hanson, Kristin
TTh 11-12:30 105 Dwinelle

Book List

Booth, Stephen: Shakespeare's Sonnets; Heaney, Seamus: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation, Bilingual Edition; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway;

Recommended: Pinker, Steven: The Language Instinct

Other Readings and Media

A photocopied course reader containing most required readings and literary texts.


The medium of literature is language.  This course aims to deepen understanding of what this means through consideration of how certain literary forms can be defined as grammatical forms.  These literary forms include meter; rhyme and alliteration; syntactic parallelism; formulas of oral composition; and special narrative uses of pronouns, tenses and other subjective features of language to express point of view and represent speech and thought.  The emphasis will be on literature in English, but comparisons with literature in other languages will also be drawn.  No knowledge of linguistics will be presupposed, but linguistic concepts will be introduced, explained and used.

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