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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 232
Course Title: British Literature II
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Survey from Romantic period through the contemporary. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. G.E.Offered odd Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered odd Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A suitable anthology of British literature. The texts listed below are representative. Other texts may also be required as appropriate.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 2 vols.
By Abrams, M.H. et al, eds. (W.W. Norton)
The Longman Anthology of British Literature, 2 vols.
By Damrosch, David, et al, eds. (Addison-Wesley)
The Broadview Anthology of British Literature
By Black, Joseph, et al, eds. (Broadview Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the periods of British literary history form Romanticism through the contemporary period.
  2. Identify major and some minor authors of these periods.
  3. Explain historical and cultural contexts of literary works.
  4. Write argumentatively about literary works.
  5. Apply the terminology of literary study to interpret works in multiple genres.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • A chronological examination and discussion of all major literary periods, drawing on a slection of multiple literary genres including, but not limited to, essay, fiction, poetry, and drama.
  • Periods examined should include:
    • Brief review of periods and literary movements preceding the Romantic period.
    • Romanticism
    • Victorianism
    • Modernism
    • Contemporary literature, including post-colonial British literature.
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3,000 workds (approximately 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course.
  • Students must write a series of two literary analysis essays that require students to analyze one or more primary texts, and which do not require the use of secondary literary criticism. More than two essays may be assigned in the course.
  • In class exams, including a midterm and a final. Part of the midterm must ask sutdents to apply terminologies of the English discipline to literary works, as well as to discuss genres appearing in the works studied.
  • Part of the final exam must include some questions asking students to identify and/or explain the historical, cultural, and authorial contexts of literary works.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Date: November 7, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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