About ENGS 021 A

Selected texts from the beginnings to the late 18th century. Explores periodization, genre, key terms and concepts through close reading and critical analysis. Fulfills major requirements; open to non-majors.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

This 3-credit course serves as an introduction to the discipline of literary analysis, focusing on a selection of the canonical (and non-canonical) texts from the eighth to the eighteenth century. Students encounter representative authors, genres, and key concepts, theories, and terms from distinct sub-periods of early British literature. They are expected to use and strengthen analytical and critical thinking skills to better understand the readings and articulate their own interpretations. Students will have opportunities to utilize and improve their argumentative writing skills. They are expected to show a high degree of commitment to a) their academic work and b) the class as a whole through full class participation and regular attendance. Students will meet the course objectives through constant practice in reading comprehension -demonstrated through discussions, papers and exams.

Section Expectation

Norton Anthology of English Literature. 10th Edition Vol. 1 [A,B,C,] Beowulf. Bilingual Edition. Translated by Roy Liuzza. Must be Bilingual edition. (Amazon) Chaucer, Geoffrey. Troilus and Criseyde. Modern English translation. Penguin Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Norton Critical Edition. Marlowe, Christopher. The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward II. New Mermaids.


a) 3 exams, one for each unit/period. Each exam has a four-page typed paper to be handed in before exam. [60% total] Exams consist of three parts. The first will be an essay question given in advance and should be handed in before the exam. The second will consist of objective short answers. The third will be identification of passages. Exam essays are to be typed, double-spaced, page-numbered, properly secured and handed in on time. Please use 12 point, Times New Roman font. Your margins should be 1 inch on all sides of the page. No late papers will be accepted. Students are expected to produce quality work and to include relevant textual support [quotes] to strengthen their arguments. Exam essays require two outside critical sources and bibliography page. All of your work must be formatted and include citations in MLA Style. [See https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02] b) to participate in class discussions. [20%] Every absence lowers your participation grade. c) To hand in a portfolio of assignments, including weekly one-page single-spaced response papers. [20%] [Uploaded to Blackboard]

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