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1. Creative Writing Workshops
2. Common Ground Courses
English 46. Arrivals: British Literature 700-1700
Instructor: James Engell
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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1:15 pm | Location: TBA

Enrollment: Limited to 27 students.

From 700-1700 CE the island—called the United Kingdom of Great Britain only in 1707—witnesses foreign invasions, warring kingdoms, ethnic cleansing, clashing cultures, rebellions, shifts in language, changing manners, morals, and religion.  The English language grows to represent such untraditional events.  Epic, prose romance, drama, allegory, dream vision, bawdy stories, lyrics, intellectual prose, love poetry.  Beowulf, Arthurian tales, Julian of Norwich, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, lyric poets.

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

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3. Undergraduate Seminars
English 90SR. Shakespeare’s Rome
Instructor: Leah Whittington
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Mondays, 3-5:45 pm | Location: TBA

Class will be held from 3-5 pm.
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students.

This course investigates Shakespeare’s lifelong engagement with the literature, politics, and culture of ancient Rome. It will give careful attention to the three “Roman Plays” – Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus – but will also consider the larger role of classical antiquity in Shakespeare’s development and achievement as a dramatist.

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4. Undergraduate Tutorials
5. Lectures with Sections
AesthInt 56. Shakespeare, The Later Plays
Instructor: Marjorie Garber

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

The late comedies, tragedies, and romances, with some attention to the prevailing literary traditions of the Jacobean period. Particular attention paid to Shakespeare’s development as a dramatist, and to poetic expression, thematic design, stagecraft, and character portrayal in the plays.

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AesthInt 64. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Instructor: Nicholas Watson

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1:15 pm | Location: TBA

What makes stories so pleasurable and so enraging?  How do we understand the strong emotions they evoke, and how do we learn to resist their power?  Answering back to a world of fake news and divisive political narratives, this course revisits Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales the deepest, most caustic, and most entertaining  analysis of the problematic status of stories ever written.

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English 131P. Milton’s Paradise Lost
Instructor: Gordon Teskey
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Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 pm | Location: TBA

This course focuses on Milton’s most famous work, Paradise Lost, the greatest long poem in English and the only successful classical epic in the modern world. Milton went totally blind in his forties and composed Paradise Lost by reciting verses to anyone available to take them down, comparing his lot to that of blind prophets and poets of legend. He had prepared all his life to write an epic poem, although he thought it would be on a British theme, such as King Arthur, not on a biblical one, the fall of humanity and the origin of history. We will read through the poem entirely and in sequence, while considering such matters as Milton’s innovative verse, his concept of the origin of history, and his creation for readers of the experience of the sublime. We will consider how he constructs scenes and how he builds characters, especially his most famous one, Satan.

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