English Literature I

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Module 1: Learning to Write Literary Analysis

Course Contents at a Glance

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Module 1: Learning to Write Literary Analysis

  • Approaching Poetry
  • Literary Criticism
  • Additional Resources

Module 2: Old English Poetry

  • Dream of the Rood: Background
  • The Dream of the Rood
  • Bede: Biography
  • Cædmon's Hymn
  • The Wanderer: Background
  • The Wanderer
  • Additional Resources

Module 3: Beowulf

  • Beowulf: Background
  • Beowulf
  • Additional Resources

Module 4: Everyman

  • Everyman: Background
  • Everyman: a 15th Century Morality Play
  • Additional Resources

Module 5: The Second Shepherds' Play

  • The Second Shepherds' Play: Background
  • The Wakefield Second Shepherds' Play
  • Additional Resources

Module 6: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Background
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Additional Resources

Module 7: Dr. Faustus

  • Christopher Marlowe: Biography
  • English Renaissance Theatre
  • The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus
  • Additional Resources

Module 8: Renaissance Love Poetry

  • English Renaissance
  • Renaissance Sonnets
  • Whoso List to Hunt
  • Rose-Cheeked Laura
  • The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
  • The Flea
  • Additional Resources

Module 9: Twelfth Night

  • William Shakespeare: Biography
  • Twelfth Night
  • Additional Resources

Module 10: Paradise Lost

  • John Milton: Biography
  • Book I
  • Book IV
  • Book IX
  • Additional Resources

Module 11: The Restoration

  • The British Restoration
  • Marriage A-La-Mode
  • Ode on Solitude
  • A Description of a City Shower
  • The Use of Memory Considered
  • Additional Resources

Module 12: Oroonoko

  • Aphra Behn: Biography
  • Oroonoko; Or, the Royal Slave
  • Additional Resources

Module 13: Gulliver's Travels

  • Jonathan Swift: Biography
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Additional Resources

Module 14: Fantomina

  • Eliza Haywood: Biography
  • Fantomina, or Love in a Maze
  • Additional Resources

Module 15: Transitions to Romanticism

  • Transitions from Augustan Literature to the Romantics
  • The Restoration and the 18th Century
  • Ode to Evening
  • Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
  • For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry, from Jubilate Agno
  • On the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes
  • Additional Resources

Module 16: MLA Documentation

  • Formatting the Works Cited Page (MLA)
  • Formatting In-text Citations (MLA)
  • MLA Checklist
  • Introduce Evidence

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