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1. Creative Writing Workshops
2. Common Ground Courses
English 42. Arrivals: British Literature 700-1700
Instructor: Nicholas Watson
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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 am | Location: TBA

Enrollment: Limited to 27 students.

A study of central genres of Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern literature in tandem with the development of ideas of nation and community, with a special emphasis on poetic narratives. Key texts include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, Paradise Lost, and The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Note: Be sure to attend first class meeting to be considered for admittance.

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English 45. Arrivals: British Literature 700-1700
Instructor: Anna Wilson
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Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:30-2:45 pm | Location: TBA

Class will be held from 1:30-2:30 pm.
Enrollment: Limited to 27 students.

In this course we will read some of the most significant and influential works of literature written in England before 1700. We will encounter the genres, tropes, forms, and language of medieval and early modern English literature, while exploring how these texts respond to and shape issues of their time, including war, political regimes, the emergence of national, racial, and religious identities, and changing attitudes to gender and sexuality. We will also develop a foundational range of critical writing skills and methods for approaching English literature.

Note: Be sure to attend first class meeting to be considered for admittance.

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3. Undergraduate Seminars
English 90HB. Five Shakespeare Plays
Instructor: Marc Shell
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Thursdays, 12-2:45 pm | Location: TBA

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students.

Five Shakespearean Pieces: The seminar will focus on five plays (Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Henry V, Tempest, and Merchant of Venice) with special attention to staging, literariness, and location.

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4. Undergraduate Tutorials
5. Lectures with Sections
AesthInt 55. Shakespeare, The Early Plays
Instructor: Marjorie Garber

Mondays, & Wednesdays, 10:30-11:45 am | Location: TBA

The early comedies, tragedies, and histories, considered in the context of the origins of the English stage and the conventions of Elizabethan drama. Particular attention paid to Shakespeare’s development as a dramatist, and to poetic expression, thematic design, stagecraft, and character portrayal in plays.

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English 102J. Introduction to Old English: Heroes, Heaven, and Hell
Instructor: Nicholas Watson
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Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-10:15 am | Location: TBA

Satan, cast as a defiant warchief, exults in his heavenly rebellion; Christ is presented as a triumphant hero as he assumes his place on the cross; Grendel’s mere serves as the template for a vision of hell. Such examples underscore the close relationship between the heroic and biblical literary traditions of Anglo-Saxon England, which this course seeks to explore. First and foremost however, this course is an introduction to the language and literature of Old English, the vernacular language used in England from the fifth century until around 1100. Although many of its linguistic features are recognizable in Modern English, Old English must be learned as a foreign language. The semester will begin with an introduction to Old English grammar, along with translations of basic readings. Following instruction in basic grammatical features during the first half of the course, readings will grow progressively more challenging. The selection of readings brings us to the second goal of the course: an exploration of the ways in which the heroic ethos influenced the presentation of Christian and Biblical topics in Old English prose and poetry. Daily instruction by Joseph Shack.

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6. Graduate Seminars
7. Cross-Listed in other Departments
8. Freshman Seminars