Anglo - American Literature


Course Description:


         This course is a survey of English and American literature from its known beginnings to the early part of the twentieth century, the evolution of the literary traditions of the English speaking world from the oral to the writers genre. This puts emphasis on the analysis of selected genres using the literary critical theories.


I. English Literature
  A. Anglo-Saxon or Old English Period (449-1100)
      1. Historical-Literary
          Background
      2. Beowulf
      3. Elegiac, Caedmonian, and
          Cynewwulfian Poems
4.  Old English Prose and
     Miscellaneous Verse
   B. Middle English or Medieval
        Period (1100-1500)
       1. Historical-Literary
           Background
       2. The Anglo-Norman Period
       3. The  Age  of Chaucer
           “The Canterbury Tales”
                             
    C. The Renaissance Period
                (1500-1700) 
        1. Historical-Literary Period
        2. Age of Elizabeth 
            a. Edmond Spencer 
                “Faerie Queen” 
            b. Christopher Marlowe
                “The Passionate
                 Shepherd to his Love” 
            c. Sir Walter Raleigh
               “The Nymph’s Reply to
                 the Shepherd”
            d. Sir Philip Sidney
                “Leave Me O Love” 
            e. Francis Bacon
                “Of Studies”
            f. William Shakespeare 
               Play: Hamlet 
     D. Seventeenth Century
          Literature 
         1. Historical-Literary
             Background 
         2. Puritan Age
            a. John Done
            b. John Milton 
               “Paradise Lost”
            c. John Bunyan 
               “Pilgrim’s Progress”
         3. The Restoration Period 
            a. John Dryden
            b. Hobbes and Locke        
  E. The Neo-Classical Period 
      1. Historical-Literary
          Background
      2. Alexander Pope 
         “Essay on Man”
      3. Jonathan Swift 
         “A Modest Proposal”  
Prelim Exam
   F. The Romantic Period
      1. Historical-Literary 
          Background 
      2. William Wordsworth 
         “Lyrical Ballads, Sonnets”
      3. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
      4. Percy Bysshe  Shelley 
      5. John Keats
  G. The Victorian Period 
      1. Historical-Literary
          Background
       2. Alfred Lord Tennyson
       3. Robert Browning 
          “Prospice” and “My Last
            Duchess” 
       4. Elizabeth  Barret  Browning
           Sonnet  “ If Thou Must Love
           Me” the Portuguese  
       5. The Rossettis
          a. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
             “The Blessed Damozel”
          b. Christina Georgina
              Rossetti “Song”
       6. Charles Dickens
           “A Tale of Two Cities” 
       7. Thomas Hardy 
       8. Matthew Arnold 
          “Dover Beach”
   H. Twentieth-Century Literature
      1. Historical-Literary
          Background 
      2. Rudyard Kipling “If”
      3. A.E. Housman
      4. William Butler Yeats
Evaluation: Mid-term Examination 
II. American Literature
   A. The Colonial Period 
       1. Historical-Literary
           Background 
          a. Renaissance and Puritan
              Influences
          b. The Rise of Rationalism
              and Democracy  
    
    B. The Revolutionary Period 
        1. Historical-Literary
            Background
        2. Prose of Enlightenment 
        3. Poetry
        4. Drama
        5. Novel
        6. Miscellaneous Prose
    C. The Romantic Period 
        1. Historical-Literary 
            Background
        2. Early Sentiment and 
            Romance
          a. The Knickerbocker School:
              Washington Irving
          b. Poetry: William Cullen
              Bryant & Edgar Allan Poe
          c. Short Story: Edgar Allan
              Poe
          d. Novel: James Fennimore
              & Herman Melville
       3. Transcendentalism 
          a. Ralph Waldo Emerson
          b. Henry David Thoreau
          c. The Genteel Tradition:
              Longfellow, Hawthorne &
              Lowell
          d. Walt Whitman “Prophet of
              Democracy”
          e. Mid-Century Minor
              Figures: Stowe, Fields,
              Curtis Taylor, Aldrich
Semi Final Exam
D. The Period of Realism
        1. Historical-Literary
            Background 
        2. The Local Colorist: Hart,
            Allan, Freeman
        3. The Gilded Age:
            Conservatism and
            Iconoclasm-Mark twain,
            Stephen Crane
        4. Democracy and the
            Common Man: Novelists &
           Short Story Writers-
           Bellamy, Crawford, Bunner
       5. Convention and Revolt in
           Poetry: Emily Dickenson 
       6. Nationalism &
           Cosmopolitanism: John
           Burroughs, Henry Adams,
           Gamaliel Bradford
   E. Twentieth-Century Literature
       1. Historical-Literary
           Background 
       2. Poets: Hilda Doolittle,
           Robert Prost, T.S. Eliot, E.E.
           Cummings
       3. Fictionist: William Faulkner,
           Ernest Hemingway         
       4. Playwright: Eugene O’Neill,
          Tennessee Williams
Evaluation: Final Examination

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