English 45A

Literature in English: Through Milton

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 Marno, David
Lectures MW 2-3 in 180 Tan (note new location) + one hour of discussion section per week in 301 Wheeler (sec. 101: F 2-3; sec. 102: F 3-4; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12)

Book List

Chaucer, Geoffrey : The Canterbury Tales (original spelling edition, ed. Jill Mann) ; Greenblatt, Stephen: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Volume B


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 reading works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.

(If you already own an original-spelling edition of The Canterbury Tales, you may use it for this course.) 

Discussion Sections

101 Wang, Jacob
F 2-3 301 Wheeler
102 Wang, Jacob
F 2-3 305 Wheeler
103 Ogunniyi, Kevin
F 3-4 301 Wheeler
104 Ogunniyi, Kevin
F 3-4 305 Wheeler

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