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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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HU 422 - British Literature

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course acquaints students with a significant range of British literature beginning with the Middle Ages and continuing through the 21st century. Students learn of the social, historical, political, religious, and economic factors which influenced writers of each period. The course covers poetry, essays, short stories, drama, and a novel. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify characteristics of major periods including: The o-saxon, The Medieval, The Elizabethan, The Age of Reason, Victorian, Modern.
  • Identify important authors of each period
  • Identify representative selections of literature from each period
  • Identify the structure and characteristics of poetry, the essay, the short story, the novel and drama
  • Identify primary components of literature such as: character, plot, setting, conflict, point of view, persona, figurative language, prosody, sonnet, epic, pastoral, the unities of time, place and action

Prerequisites by Topic
  • No prerequisites; however, it is expected that the student will apply language arts skills learned in EN 131  and speaking skills learned in EN 241 . An example of language arts skills would be the ability to analyze figurative language and sentence structure. An example of speaking skills would be the ability to participate in a group discussion on a particular work and/or author.

Course Topics
  • The Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Periods (3 classes)
  • The Renaissance (Elizabethan) Period (3 classes)
  • Shakespearean Drama (3 classes)
  • The Age of Reason Drama (3 classes)
  • The Romantic Period (3 classes)
  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (3 classes)
  • The Victorian Period (3 classes)
  • The Modern Period (3 classes)
  • Tests (2 classes)
  • Panel Discussion (1 class)
  • Films (3 classes)

R. David Kent

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