SemesterFall Semester, 2023
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English
Course NameEnglish Literature Before 1600
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Students are expected to attend every class session, read all the assigned works, hand in several short worksheets, and take a midterm and final exams. The workload will most likely vary from five to ten hours per week, depending on the reading level of the student.

class 1: introduction; history and language

class2: Beowulf, lines 1--85, 491--835, 1251--1650, 2999--3182

class 3: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I.130--490, IV.2239--end; Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue 1--50, 447--478

class 4: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (handout)

class 5: Chaucer (cont'd)

class 6: William Langland, Pers Plowman, Passus 6; The Second Shepherd's Play

class 7: Thomas More, Utopia; Thomas Wyatt, "Whoso list...'' ``I find...,'' MIDTERM EXAM 1

class 8: William Tyndale, Thomas More, John Calvin, John Foxe, homilies: pp. 677--678, 679--681, 681--687, 688, 693--695

class 9: Roger Ascham, Thomas Hoby, Elizabeth I: pp. 700--703, 704--720, 750--766}

class 10: Edmund Spenser, Amoretti 1, 37, 54, 65, 75, 79; The Faerie Queene Book I, Cantos 2, 6

class 11: John Lyly, Euphues; Philip Sidney, Defense of Poesy and Astrophil and Stella 1, 5, 41, 52, 71; Francis Bacon``On Truth'' MIDTERM EXAM 2

class 12: Christopher Marlowe,"The Passionate Shepherd" and Dr. Faustus, scenes 1, 5, 12, 13

class 13: William Shakespeare, sonnets 3, 20, 29, 73, 94, 106, 116, 130, 138, 144, 147 and Twelfth Night, Acts I--II

class 14: William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Acts III--IV

class 15: William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act V

class 16: FINAL EXAM

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Depending on their availability and competence, teaching assistants may be responsible for grading worksheets and exams; developing, copying, and distributing additional materials; and leading class discussions.


Grades will be based on the midterm exams (50%) and the final exam (50%). Attendance is required. Points may be deducted for missed class sessions or obvious unpreparedness.

Textbook & Reference

required: _The Norton Anthology of English Literature_, vol. 1 (ninth edition), or vols. A and B (tenth edition).


recommended reading: C.S. Lewis, _The Discarded Image_. E.M.W. Tillyard, _The Elizabethan World Picture_.

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