This seminar is designed to introduce students to the major works of English literature, to prepare students in the techniques of literary analysis, and to offer a survey of British poetic traditions from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 20th Century, a sense of the history of poetic authority, language, and endeavor. The course involves readings, discussion, and writing.
Though Major British Writers is the gateway course to the English major, required of all majors and intended to be taken in the first or second year, it is not simply a course for potential English majors but for anyone who would like the opportunity to explore major works by major authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Robert Browning. Students who successfully complete this seminar will receive course credit for ENGL 200 and satisfy one half of the Human Thought and Expression area of inquiry requirement.
Lynn Staley, professor of English, teaches and writes about medieval and early modern literature. She is especially interested in Chaucer, early women writers, and the relationship between medieval and early modern literature and culture.