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Introduction to British Literature

Course NumberLIT 242W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Provides a sampling of the work of some of the major authors in British Literature. Requires works to be read and examined for an understanding of the material, an appreciation of the literary forms and for the awareness of unifying themes that hold together a culture's conceptual framework. Enhances reading skills and aesthetic appreciation through exposure, discussion, writing and critical thinking. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Identify and list significant qualities and personages in British Literature.
  1. Identify and explain the essential elements upon which the survey course is based.

Think critically, that is to analyze, to synthesize and to explain an understanding of a given work.
  1. Illustrate on some of the reading through graphing and sketching a translation.
  2. Work collaboratively to discuss and analyze questions based on reading assignments.

Compose an examination of the course material by collecting, selecting and presenting primary and secondary information in a written evaluation of a given work.
  1. Establish a clear statement of thesis in answering essay questions on tests or in writing expository/analytical compositions of personally selected subjects.
  2. Predicate an explanation of issues on specific details drawn from quotes derived from primary and secondary information.

Identify and list significant ideas in British Literature.
  1. Explain the evolving nature of the literary hero from epic, to romantic, to dramatic, to modern.
  2. Describe the evolving sense of community from early to late British Literature.
  3. Trace the changes in the perception of nature from Beowulf to literature of the twentieth century.

Compare and contrast significant cultural/temporal variations in British Literature.
  1. Contrast the views of art from Shakespeare to Keats to Joyce.
  2. Locate specific points of contrast in parallel works as in Milton, Blake and Keats.

Enjoy both the subject matter and the insights from some of the finest writers in British Literature
  1. Write a story board of how a particular section of a story could be directed for a movie scene.
  2. Memorize and recite a sonnet by Shakespeare as a way of more fully understanding and appreciating the form.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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