What is the nature of our relationship to others and the world? How can literature help us see these relationships more clearly? This course seeks to explore such questions through adventurous readings of ten great works of narrative fiction from the 18th to the 20th century.
The Medieval Period, or the Middle Ages, occurred between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the European Renaissance. In many ways, these “middle times” separate the ancient from the modern world, and although the Renaissance is traditionally touted as a period of particularly explosive creativity and cultural rebirth, we will discover that art and literature flourished in the Middle Ages as well.
What is it to be human, and how can ancient concepts of the heroic and anti-heroic inform our understanding of the human condition?
The English Literature Major is designed to cultivate a broad knowledge of the evolution of cultural and literary expression in English as well as an ability to critically engage with texts of all media.
To earn the equivalent of a minor in English, you must complete two foundational courses in English composition, four broad introductory-level courses, and two upper-level courses.