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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 231
Course Title: English Literature I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Survey from Beowulf to late eighteenth-century British writers. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. G.E.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ENGL 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Several suitable anthologies of British literature are available. The texts listed below are representative. Other texts may also be required, as appropriate.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature
By Abrams, M.H. et al., eds. (W.W. Norton)
The Longman Anthology of British Literature
By Damrosch, David, et al, eds. (Addison-Wesley)
Course Objectives
  • To explore British literature in all genres, beginning with Old English and continuing up through the late eighteenth century.
    Measurable Learning
  • Delineate the periods of English literary history.
  • Identify major and some minor authors of these periods.
  • Define and distinguish literary genres of the period.
  • Articulate themes and influences for selected works.
  • Apply the terminology of literary study to interpret selected works.
    Topical Outline: Survey courses generally follow a chronological pattern of discussion, study and examination for all genres (prose, poetry and drama). A logical syllabus for the course, therefore, would start with the Old English period and proceed chronologically through all genres up through the Restoration period.
    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Danny Campbell Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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