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Spring 2020

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

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)

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...(read more)

Marno, David
Spring 2020

114B/1

English Drama from 1603 to 1700

TTh 2-3:30

Reaching across the upheavals of the seventeenth century, this class studies the triumphant age of drama after Shakespeare, the Jacobean period; the reactions against the drama that led to the closing of London's theaters during the English Civ...(read more)

Landreth, David
Spring 2020

115B/1

The English Renaissance (17th Century)

TTh 3:30-5

An introduction to one of the great ages of English literature, focusing on works by John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Thomas Hobbes, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, Robert Herrick, Margaret Cavendish, Katharine Phillips. We will discuss the rel...(read more)

Kahn, Victoria
Spring 2020

118/1

Milton

Lectures MW 2-3 in 56 Barrows + one hour of discussion section per week in different locations (sec.101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 2-3)

We'll explore John Milton's career, a lifelong effort to unite intellectual, political, and artistic experimentation.

Required Text: John Milton, The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, ed. Willi...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2020

190/4

Research Seminar:
Poetry and the Virtues

MW 5-6:30

Arguments for the moral value of literary study often focus on how narrative forms like the novel offer opportunities for the cultivation of empathy. But in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, literary style itself was treated as an extension ...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Fall 2019

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

MWF 12-1

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This class satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2019

165/2

Special Topics:
The Pleasures of Allegory

MWF 12-1

If you want to understand both how stories are put together and how we experience stories, allegory is not a bad place to start. Broadly speaking, an allegory is a story that demands to be read on more than one level. One version of this&mdash...(read more)

Wilson, Evan
Fall 2019

166/8

Special Topics:
Green Thought in a Green Shade

TTh 2-3:30

The natural world and the non-urban environment have inspired writers and artists, especially in the 17th and 18th centuries, but they have also provoked intense critical d...(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Fall 2019

190/2

Research Seminar:
Shakespeare and Company

MW 1:30-3

In this research seminar, we'll be considering Shakespeare, his playwriting rivals, his actorly partners, and their audiences as participants in the burgeoning entertainment industry of early modern London. We'll attend to the conditions an...(read more)

Landreth, David
Spring 2019

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 12:30-2

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This class satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Spring 2019

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

TTh 3:30-5

In this course, we follow how English authors from Thomas More to John Donne participated in the grand cultural project of the Renaissance, defined by the belief that consuming and producing culture would elevate human beings above ...(read more)

Marno, David
Spring 2019

115B/1

The English Renaissance (17th Century)

MWF 1-2

A survey of England's "century of revolution," focusing on relationships between literature, religion, and politics. Readings will be made available electronically and in an optional reader.

This class satisfies the pre...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2019

165/1

Special Topics:
Global Tudors

This seminar challenges us to look back to a time before England's colonial period and consider how people of the 16th century began to perceive of themselves as part of a truly global world. The class will begin by thinking about what the conc...(read more)

Honig, Elizabeth
Spring 2019

165/3

Special Topics:
John Milton's Last Poems

MW 5-6:30

Four years after publishing the first edition of Paradise Lost, Milton came out with a volume called Paradise Regain’d...to which is added, Samson Agonistes. We will spend the semester carefully reading these poems...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2019

190/6

Research Seminar:
Carnal Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

TTh 9:30-11

Medieval feminist scholar Carolyn Dinshaw has argued that the body is "a field on which issues of representation and interpretation are literally and metaphorically played out" ("Eunuch Hermeneutics," 27). This re...(read more)

Miller, Jasmin
Fall 2018

118/1

Milton

MW 5-6:30

Probably the most influential and famous (and, in his own time, infamous) literary figure of the seventeenth century, John Milton has too often been misrepresented as a mainstay of a traditional canon rather than as the rebel he was. Those who do n...(read more)

Goodman, Kevis
Fall 2018

166/3

Special Topics:
Journeys: British World-Building, c. 700-1700

TTh 11-12:30

"Britain, formerly known as Albion, is an island in the ocean, lying towards the north west at a considerable distance from the coasts of Germany, Gaul, and Spain, which together form the greater part of Europe." (Bede, Ecclesias...(read more)

Miller, Jasmin
Fall 2018

180E/1

The Epic

TTh 12:30-2

Homer’s Iliad was composed in the eighth century BCE. Both the story that it narrated (the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans) and the particular form that the story took (the genre of the epic) would become foundational bui...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Fall 2018

250/3

Research Seminar:
Textual Communities and the Modern

Tues. 3:30-6:30

We’ll explore collectives made possible by the early modern communications revolution, focusing on print and the rise of periodical and serial forms. Case studies will include the Levellers, the Royal Society, and the Methodists, along with r...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2018

118/1

Milton

Lectures TTh 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 1-2)

We'll explore John Milton's whole career, a lifelong effort to unite intellectual, political, and artistic experimentation.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2018

166/3

Special Topics:
Classical & Renaissance Drama

TTh 3:30-5

In a poem for the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays in 1623, his fellow playwright Ben Jonson expressed a characteristic ambivalence about classical drama.  On the one hand, he praised it as the standard by which all subsequ...(read more)

Knapp, Jeffrey
Spring 2018

174/2

Literature and History:
History as Literature

TTh 3:30-5

Are the events of the world and human lives meaningful? And if they are, how do we discern the meaning?

History, as a form of narrative literature, seeks to answer these questions. In this class we will read a range of historical texts, w...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Spring 2018

180R/1

The Romance

MW 5-6:30

Everybody thinks they know what “romance” is, but in fact the term is controversial and difficult to define. Does it mean escapist fiction with monsters and enchanters, entertaining but unbelievable? (What makes fiction believable(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Spring 2018

190/9

Research Seminar:
The Faerie Queene: The Ethics of Imagination

TTh 2-3:30

Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene (1590-96) is the most vast, most gorgeous, and most deliriously strange of English poems. Its hallucinatory dreamworld mingles self with landscape, character with plot, happenstance events with ...(read more)

Landreth, David
Spring 2018

190/10

Research Seminar:
Pagan Fictions in Christian Literature

TTh 5-6:30

Although late antique and medieval Christian authors routinely decried the falsehood of pagan literature, they could hardly get enough of it. Pagan mythology became not only a major inspiration of medieval poetry and philosophy but even a part of e...(read more)

Hobson, Jacob
Spring 2018

190/11

Research Seminar:
Andrew Marvell

TTh 5-6:30

An intensive study of Marvell's poetry and prose. Students will complete a final research paper of 15-20 pages. 

All readings will be made available on the course site.

This section of English 190 satisfies the pre-...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2018

250/3

Research Seminar:
Milton and the English Civil War

W 3-6

An introduction to the literature of the English civil war and following decades, focusing on the work of John Milton, but including the work of Henry Parker, Thomas Hobbes, Andrew Marvell, Margaret Cavendish, Katherine Phillips, Lucy Hutchinson, &...(read more)

Kahn, Victoria
Fall 2017

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

MWF 3-4

For more information about this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2017

180L/1

Lyric Verse

TTh 5-6:30 PM

This course will examine the historical trajectory of a very fuzzy category, “lyric,” from its identified origins and early practice in English (anonymous medieval lyrics) to its 20th- and 21st- cent...(read more)

O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
Spring 2017

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 11-12:30

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Spring 2017

118/1

Milton

MW 10-11 + discussion sections F 10-11

Probably the most influential and famous (and, in his own time, infamous) literary figure of the seventeenth century, John Milton has been misrepresented too often...(read more)

Goodman, Kevis
Spring 2017

180L/1

Lyric Verse

TTh 2-3:30

This course will examine the historical trajectory of a very fuzzy category, “lyric,” from its identified origins and early practice in antiquity (Sappho, Catullus, et al.) to its 20th and 21st century rejections ...(read more)

O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
Spring 2017

C181/1

Digital Humanities, Visual Cultures:
Digital Travels

MWF 10-11

This course introduces tools and methods of the Digital Humanities as they can be used in studying the art and literature of the early modern period. Our focus is on how, around 1600, things were in motion: people, but also objects and ideas. By 1...(read more)

Honig, Elizabeth
Spring 2017

190/6

Research Seminar:
Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global

MWF 2-3

William Shakespeare's works have been staged all over the world, adapted as films, operas, musicals, ballets, and novels.  They have been transposed into diverse settings, from fascist Italy to the Wild West, medieval Japan to the fiction...(read more)

Bahr, Stephanie M
Summer 2017

N166/2

Special Topics:
Arthurian Literature

MTTh 12-2

This course will be taught in Session D, from July 3 to August 10.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2016

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

MWF 3-4

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2016

170/1

Literature and the Arts:
The Deaths and Lives of Saints

MWF 11-12

The paradox of Western sainthood is summed up by a phrase from Latin calendars: dies natalis, “birthday.” Marking a saint’s chief feast, the dies natalis celebrates the day of his or her death: death as birth wi...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Fall 2016

190/6

Research Seminar:
The Medium Is the Message: Reading Poetry in Manuscript & Print, 1300-1600

TTh 9:30-11

Modern readers almost exclusively encounter medieval and Renaissance literature in highly mediated anthologies and scholarly editions, far removed from the manuscripts and early print books in which they first circulated. In this course, we will p...(read more)

Bahr, Stephanie M
Fall 2016

190/7

Research Seminar:
Note new topic: Troy and Tragedy

TTh 11-12:30

Note the new topic (and book list and instructor):

From the earliest moments of the western literary tradition, the story of the fall of Troy has been associated with the genre of tragedy. This course charts that association from Ancient Ro...(read more)

Perry, R. D.
Fall 2016

250/1

Research Seminar:
Representing Non-Human Life in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain

M 3-6

We will explore techniques developed by scientists, theologians, and poets to represent other life forms. Contexts we’ll investigate include encounters with new-world flora and fauna, the invention of the microscope, and contemporary debates...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2016

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

This course has been canceled.

...(read more)
No instructor assigned yet.
Spring 2016

165/4

Special Topics: Representing Non-Human Life in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain

TTh 12:30-2

We will explore techniques developed by scientists, theologians, and poets to represent other life forms. Contexts we’ll investigate include encounters with new-world flora and fauna, the invention of the microscope and the discovery of the ...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Spring 2016

165/7

Special Topics:
Later 17th-Century Nonfictional Prose

TTh 6-7:30 P.M.

Reading, discussing, and writing about British prose of the later 17th century. Among the genres to be considered will be representative samples of the “character” (of places as well as human types); the essay (controversial as well as...(read more)

Starr, George A.
Spring 2016

165/9

Special Topics:
Ovid and the English Renaissance

TTh 3:30-5

Her bosom was wrapped in smooth thin bark; her slender arms were changed to branches and her hair to leaves; her feet but now so swift were anchored fast in numb stiff roots; her face and head became the crown of a green tree. -- Ovid, Metamor...(read more)

Landreth, David
Spring 2016

166/2

Special Topics:
Elizabethan Renaissance: Art, Culture, and Visuality

MW 4-5:30 + discussion sections

This course has two goals: to explore visual culture and the role of visuality in renaissance England, and to develop research skills.

Elizabeth I's long reign saw a remarkable flowering of the arts. Her unique position as a female mona...(read more)

Honig, Elizabeth
Spring 2016

180E/1

The Epic: Legends of Troy

TTh 2-3:30

Homer’s Iliad was composed in the eighth century BCE. Both the story that it narrated (the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans) and the particular form that the story took (the genre of the epic) would become foundational bu...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Spring 2016

190/6

Research Seminar:
Classical and Renaissance Drama

MW 4-5:30

In a poem for the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, Ben Jonson expressed a characteristic ambivalence about classical drama.  On the one hand, he praised it as the standard by which all subsequent playwriting sh...(read more)

Knapp, Jeffrey
Spring 2016

190/9

Research Seminar:
Medieval and Renaissance Lyric

TTh 2-3:30

From drinking songs and poems of seduction to works of religious meditation and devotion, the lyric reflects a variety of subjects and concerns.  This course serves as an extensive introduction to lyric poetry from the twelfth to the sixteent...(read more)

Crosson, Chad Gregory
Spring 2016

203/3

Graduate Readings:
Edmund Spenser

TTh 11-12:30

Sidney wrote that a poet's task was to "grow in effect another nature." No poet in English has fulfilled that charge more luxuriantly than Spenser. The plan of the semester will be to roam around in the leisurely, delight-filled capa...(read more)

Landreth, David
Fall 2015

115B/1

The English Renaissance (17th Century)

MWF 12-1

A survey of England's "century of revolution," focusing on relationships between literature, religion, and politics. 

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Picciotto, Joanna M
Fall 2015

118/1

Milton

MW 4-5:30

Intensive reading in the poetry and prose of John Milton (1608-1674), written during a period of dramatic historical change, and including the most influential single poem in the English language, Paradise Lost. Our goal is to get under t...(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Fall 2015

165/2

Special Topics

This section of English 165 has been canceled.

 

...(read more)
Thomas-Bignami, Ian M.
T. B. A.
Fall 2015

180R/1

The Romance

MW 12:30-2

Everybody thinks they know what “romance” is, but in fact the term is controversial and difficult to define. Does it mean escapist fiction with monsters and enchanters, entertaining but unbelievable? (What makes fiction believable(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Spring 2015

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 2-3:30

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Spring 2015

118/1

Milton

TTh 9:30-11

Probably the most influential and famous (sometimes infamous) literary figure of the seventeenth century, John Milton has been misrepresented too often as a mainstay of a traditional canon rather than the rebel he was. He is also sometimes assumed...(read more)

Goodman, Kevis
Spring 2015

190/8

Research Seminar:
Shakespeare’s Versification

TTh 3:30-5

This course will explore Shakespeare's artistic use of the formal resources of verse, especially meter, rhyme, alliteration and syntactic parallelism, as well as, by way of contrast, some of his use of music.  We will consider what define...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2015

246D/1

Graduate Proseminar:
Renaissance (17th Century)

Tues. 3:30-6:30

An introduction to one of the great ages of English literature, focusing on works by Francis Bacon, John Donne, Ben Jonson, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Thomas Hobbes, John Milton, Robert Herrick, Lucy Hutchinson, and Anne Hal...(read more)

Kahn, Victoria
Fall 2014

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 12-1 + discussion sections F 12-1

This course will focus on three extraordinary works of late medieval and early modern English literature:  Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Spenser's Faerie Queene, and Milton's Paradise Lost.  We'll...(read more)

Knapp, Jeffrey
Fall 2014

45A/2

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 2-3 + discussion sections F 2-3

In this course you will explore some of the great foundational works of English literature, ranging from the very earliest period up to Milton's Paradise Lost. In the process, you will learn to understand--and even speak!--the forms o...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Fall 2014

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th century)

MWF 3-4

In this course, we follow how English authors from Thomas More to John Donne participated in the grand cultural project of the Renaissance, defined by the belief that consuming a...(read more)

Marno, David
Fall 2014

115B/1

The English Renaissance (17th century)

TTh 11-12:30

An introduction to one of the great ages of English literature (poetry, prose, and drama), focusing on works by King James I, Donne, Jonson, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, Cavendish, Hutchinson, Halkett, and Bunyan. We will discuss the relationship bet...(read more)

Kahn, Victoria
Fall 2014

190/5

Research Seminar:
Paradise Lost and the Ancient Epic

TTh 11-12:30

“Not less but more heroic” … that is Milton’s claim in his modern epic Paradise Lost, comparing his own Biblical theme to the achievements of ancient epic, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Vir...(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Fall 2014

246C/1

Renaissance

W 3-6

This survey course will focus on the poetry, drama, and prose literature of sixteenth-century England.  We'll also read key works from the past fifty years of literary scholarship on the period.

Whenever possible, readings will be ...(read more)

Knapp, Jeffrey
Spring 2014

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 2-3:30

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Spring 2014

118/1

Milton

TTh 3:30-5

Intensive reading in the poetry and prose of John Milton (1608-1674), written during a period of dramatic historical change, and including the most influential single poem in the English language, Paradise Lost. Our goal is to get under t...(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Spring 2014

202/1

History of Literary Criticism

W 2-5

An introduction to Western literary theory from antiquity to the present, focusing on the historical shift from the disciplines of poetics and rhetoric to that of aesthetics, with special attention to the concept of mimesis and the discourse of th...(read more)

Kahn, Victoria
Spring 2014

250/1

Research Seminars:
Religion and Poetry in Early Modern England

W 11-2

What does it mean to speak to God through a sonnet? Why would someone retell the story of the Biblical Fall in verse? Why rewrite the Psalms in rhyme royal? In this course, we’ll read sixteenth- and seventeenth-century religious poetry along...(read more)

Marno, David
Fall 2013

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

MWF 1-2

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

 

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2013

190/12

Research Seminar:
Metaphysical Poets from Donne to Vaughan

TTh 2-3:30

This class focuses on a group of poets who were philosophical before there was philosophy. Four decades before the publication of René Descartes’ Meditations, John Donne began writing poems in which, in the words of a later c...(read more)

Marno, David
Spring 2013

114B/1

English Drama from 1603 to 1700

TTh 11-12:30

This course will be a survey of some of the best seventeenth-century English drama. We will focus on the plays as plays – as series of actions upon the minds of audiences – and on ones first performed between 1603 and 1642, when the th...(read more)

No instructor assigned yet.
Spring 2013

119/1

Literature of the Restoration and the Early 18th Century

TTh 12:30-2

We will explore the relationship between literature and everyday life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Areas of emphasis include popular periodical literature (England's first advice column, the first "women's m...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Fall 2012

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 2-3 + discussion sections F 2-3

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.(read more)

Landreth, David
Fall 2012

45A/2

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 3-4 + discussion sections F 3-4

An introduction to English literary history from the fourteenth through the seventeent...(read more)

Justice, Steven
Fall 2012

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 5-6:30

This course offers a wide-ranging survey of sixteenth-century drama up to and beyond the building of the first commercial theaters in London in the 1570s. After sampling the medieval mystery and morality traditions, we will consider the formal and...(read more)

No instructor assigned yet.
Fall 2012

115A/1

The English Renaissance (Through the 16th Century)

TTh 2-3:30

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2012

116/1

Backgrounds of English Literature in the Continental Renaissance

TTh 12:30-2

This course will survey some of the major prose writings of the continental Renaissance in their cultural and historical contexts. Various in genre, including political philosophy (Machiavelli), essays (Montaigne), and proto-novels (Rabelais and C...(read more)

No instructor assigned yet.
Fall 2012

165/2

Special Topics:
The Elizabethan Renaissance

TTh 3:30-5 + one hour of disc. sec. (sec. 201: W 12-1, 2070 Valley LSB; sec. 202: W 9-10, 2066 Valley LSB)

This course has two goals: to explore visual culture and the role of visuality in renaissance England, and to develop research skills. Elizabeth I's long reign saw a remarkable flowering of the arts. Her unique position as a female monarch sur...(read more)

Honig, Elizabeth
Fall 2012

218/1

Milton

TTh 12:30-2

This course will perform various operations on the massive corpus of Milton's writing. We will try to break down the isolation and idealization of a few major poems, to bring the prose writings into focus, to confront the politics of gender, a...(read more)

Turner, James Grantham
Spring 2012

45A/1

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 11-12, + discussion sections F 11-12

This course will introduce students to Chaucer, Spenser, Donne, and Milton; to literary history as a mode of inquiry; and to the analysis of the way literature makes meaning, produces emotional experience, and shapes the way human beings think abo...(read more)

Arnold, Oliver
Arnold, Oliver
Spring 2012

45A/2

Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 1-2, + discussion sections F 1-2

In this course you will explore some of the great foundational works of English literature, ranging from the very earliest period up to Milton's Paradise Lost. In the process, you will learn to understand--and even speak!--the forms o...(read more)

Thornbury, Emily V.
Thornbury, Emily
Spring 2012

117B/1

Shakespeare

TTh 11-12:30

English 117B is a course in the last ten years or so of Shakespeare's career. It is a chance to read the tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, Anthony and Cleopatra; at least one of the problematic late comedies, Measure...(read more)

Hass, Robert L.
Hass, Robert
Spring 2012

117S/1

Shakespeare:
Selected Plays

TTh 12:30-2

Shakespeare wrote a massive number of plays.  We'll consider the range of plays he wrote, and why this range was important to him.  We'll also explore how different dramatic genres affect Shakespeare's representation...(read more)

Knapp, Jeffrey
Knapp, Jeffrey
Spring 2012

118/1

Milton

TTh 3:30-5

The most influential and famous (sometimes infamous) literary figure of the seventeenth century, John Milton has been misrepresented too often as a mainstay of a traditional canon, rather than the rebel he was. Or he is assumed to be a remote reli...(read more)

Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Spring 2012

119/1

Augustan Age: Literature of the Restoration and the Early 18th Century

TTh 3:30-5

We will explore the relationship between literature and everyday life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Areas of emphasis include popu...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Spring 2012

180E/1

The Epic

MWF 2-3

This course will be team-taught by Professors Altieri and Nolan. Our primary concern is to read carefully and discuss intensely most of the major epics in Western European literature. We love these texts and we are convinced that students will fin...(read more)

Nolan, Maura
Altieri, Charles F.
Nolan, Maura
Spring 2012

250/2

Research Seminar:
Renaissance Things

Thurs. 3:30-6:30

In the middle of the nineteenth century, the intellectual historian Jacob Burckhardt argued that the Renaissance marked the beginning of modern culture—an emergence which he defined as the disruption of medieval systems that had discouraged ...(read more)

Landreth, David
Landreth, David
Spring 2011

115A/1

The English Renaissance (Through the 16th Century)

TTh 2-3:30

An interdisciplinary exploration of literature produced in England mainly from 1550 to 1600 -- a period of considerable shifts not only in social, political, and ideological formations, but also in literary production and consumption. Our general ...(read more)

Nishimura, Kimiko
Nishimura, Kimiko
Fall 2010

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 9:30-11

Focusing primarily on civic performances of the late fourteenth century, especially the Chester cycle plays, which survive to us in sixteenth-century transcriptions, this course aims to recontextualize the "new" productions of Shakespeare...(read more)

Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2010

118/1

Milton

TTh 12:30-2

A survey of John Milton’s career, a life-long effort to unite intellectual, political, and artistic experimentation. There will be two short papers and a final exam.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English ma...(read more)

Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Spring 2010

118/1

Milton

TTh 9:30-11

Arguably the most influential and famous (sometimes infamous) literary figure of the 17th Century, John Milton has too often been represented to our own present as the mainstay of an entrenched canon, a “required” author. However, as we fo...(read more) Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Summer 2010

N115B/1

The English Renaissance: Seventeenth Century

TTh 10-12

English writers of the seventeenth century produced some of the most memorable short- to medium-length verse in the English language. Poets of particular note include Aemelia Lanyer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, Andrew Ma...(read more)

Alan H. Nelson
Fall 2009

118/1

Milton

TTh 2-3:30

John Milton has too often been represented as the mainstay of an entrenched canon, a “required” author. However, as we follow Milton’s carefully orchestrated career, from the shorter and earlier work, through some of the controversi...(read more) Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Spring 2009

115A/1

The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

TTh 3:30-5

An interdisciplinary exploration of literature produced in England mainly from 1550 to 1600 --a period that marks a considerable shift not only in literary production and consumption, but also in social, political, and ideological formations.  Is...(read more) Nishimura, Kimiko
Nishimura, Kimiko
Spring 2009

115B/1

The English Renaissance (17th Century)

TTh 3:30-5

A survey of England’s “century of revolution,” focusing on the relationship between literature, philosophy, and politics.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Spring 2009

118/1

Milton

TTh 12:30-2

A survey of John Milton’s career, a life-long effort to unite intellectual, political, and artistic experimentation. There will be two short papers and a final exam.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English...(read more)
Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Fall 2008

114B/1

Upper Division Coursework:
English Drama from 1603 to 1700

TTh 3:30-5

The English theater was the first mass medium, an avowedly commercial, hyper-competitive, fad-driven industry of sound and spectacle, which both catered to and ruthlessly parodied the sophisticated, novelty-craving consumerism of the seventeeth centur...(read more) Landreth, David
Landreth, David
Fall 2008

115A/1

Upper Division Coursework:
The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century)

TTh 2-3:30

"This will be a survey course, but a highly selective one. Although I plan to look at the best and/or most interesting work of several lesser sixteenth-century writers--for instance, some lyrics by Wyatt and some by Sidney, and Surrey's blank verse--I...(read more) Booth, Stephen
Booth, Stephen
Spring 2008

118/1

:
Milton

MWF 12-1

A survey of John Milton�s career, a life-long effort to unite intellectual, political, and artistic experimentation. There will be two short papers and a final exam....(read more) Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Fall 2007

114A/1

English Drama to 1603

TTh 2-3:30

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

...(read more)
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2007

115A/1

:
The English Renaissance (17th Century)

TTh 3:30-5

A survey of England�s �century of revolution,� focusing on the relationship between literature, philosophy, and politics in the period....(read more) Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Fall 2007

118/1

:
Milton

MW 3-4, plus one hour of discussion section per week

" The later poet William Blake imagined Milton �descending . . . clothed in black, severe and silent,� and too often that is the image that has descended upon us as well. This course will offer a very different poet and political figure. As we read Mi...(read more) Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Spring 2007

115B/1

Junior Coursework:
The English Renaissance: Literature of the 17th Century

TTh 2-3:30

"Although I am putting a history book (A Century of Revolution by Christopher Hill) on the recommended list sent to the bookstores, this will be a course on works written in the first three quarters of the seventeenth century, not a course on the cent...(read more) Booth, Stephen
Booth, Stephen
Spring 2007

118/1

Junior Coursework:
Milton

TTh 11-12:30

An introduction to the poetry and prose of one of the greatest writers in English literature. Sexual radical, political revolutionary, and literary genius, Milton is a one-man introduction to the cultural ferment of the English Renaissance, the Reform...(read more) Kahn, Victoria
Kahn, Victoria
Fall 2006

114B/1

Upper Division Coursework:
English Drama from 1603 to 1700

TTh 3:30-5

The English theater was the first mass medium, an avowedly commercial, hyper-competitive, fad-driven industry of sound and spectacle, which both catered to and ruthlessly parodied the sophisticated, novelty-craving consumerism of the seventeenth centu...(read more) Landreth, David
Landreth, David
Fall 2006

118/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Milton

TTh 2-3:30

This survey will cover John Milton�s career, a life-long effort to unite intellectual, political, and artistic experimentation. There will be two short papers and a final exam....(read more) Picciotto, Joanna M
Picciotto, Joanna
Spring 2006

115A/1

Upper Division Coursework:
The English Renaissance: Literature of the 16th Century

TTh 2-3:30

"This will be a survey course, but a highly selective one. Although I plan to look at the best and/or most interesting work of several lesser sixteenth-century writers--for instance, some lyrics by Wyatt and some by Sidney, and Surrey's blank verse--I...(read more) Booth, Stephen
Booth, Stephen
Spring 2006

118/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Milton

TTh 9:30-11

"The later poet William Blake imagined Milton ""descending . . .clothed in black, severe and silent,"" and too often that is the image that has descended upon us as well. This course will offer a very different poet and political figure. As we read Mi...(read more) Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Fall 2005

114A/1

Upper Division Coursework:
English Drama to 1603

MWF 2-3

For more information on this class, please email the professor at j_miller@berkeley.edu....(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2005

114B/1

Upper Division Coursework:
English Drama from 1603 to 1700

TTh 11-12:30

In the first three decades of the seventeenth century, an extraordinary burst of energy and talent was visible and audible on the London stage. Socially aspiring dramatists satirized the pretensions of the upwardly mobile, revealed the tragic, sometim...(read more) Altman, Joel B.
Altman, Joel
Fall 2005

118/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Milton

MWF 1-2

An introduction to the poetry and prose of one of the greatest writers in English literature. Sexual radical, political revolutionary, and literary genius, Milton is a one-man introduction to the cultural ferment of the English Renaissance, the Reform...(read more) Kahn, Victoria
Kahn, Victoria
Spring 2005

115A/1

Upper Division Coursework:
The English Renaissance through the 16th Century

TTh 9:30-11

"This is a course on genres of English literature, excluding drama, as they developed over the course of the sixteenth century. In particular, we will attempt to understand how English authors created what in retrospect seems a quintessentially nation...(read more) Nelson, Alan H.
Nelson, Alan
Spring 2005

118/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Milton

TTh 2-3:30

"The later poet William Blake imagined Milton 'descending . . . clothed in black, severe and silent,' and too often that is the image that has descended upon us as well. This course will offer a very different poet and political figure. As we read Mil...(read more) Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Fall 2004

115B/1

Upper Division Coursework:
The English Renaissance: Literature of the 17th Century

TTh 2-3:30

"Although I am putting a history book on the recommended list, this will be a course on works written in the first three quarters of the seventeenth century, not a course on the century itself.



I think I can teach you more about the sev...(read more)
Booth, Stephen
Booth, Stephen
Fall 2004

118/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Milton

MWF 1-2

This course offers an introduction to the poetry and prose of one of the greatest writers and political radicals in English literature. We will learn to read Milton?s work closely, with attention to all of its rhetorical complexity. We will also study...(read more) Kahn, Victoria
Kahn, Victoria