SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentSophomore Class A, Department of English Sophomore Class B, Department of English
Course NameEnglish Literature Before 1600
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Students are expected to attend every class session, read all the assigned works, hand in several short worksheets, and take a midterm and final exams. The workload will most likely vary from five to ten hours per week, depending on the reading level of the student.

class 1: introduction; history and language

class2: Beowulf, lines 1--85, 491--835, 1251--1650, 2999--3182

class 3: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight I.130--490, IV.2239--end; Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue 1--50, 447--478

class 4: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale (handout)

class 5: Chaucer (cont'd)

class 6: William Langland, Pers Plowman, Passus 6

class 7: The Second Shepherd's Play

class 8: Thomas More, Utopia; Thomas Wyatt, "Whoso list\dots,'' ``I find\dots,''

class 9: William Tyndale, Thomas More, John Calvin, John Foxe, homilies: pp. 677--678, 679--681, 681--687, 688, 693--695

class 10: MIDTERM EXAM

class 11: Roger Ascham, Thomas Hoby, Elizabeth I: pp. 700--703, 704--720, 750--766}

class 12: Edmund Spenser, Amoretti 1, 37, 54, 65, 75, 79; The Faerie Queene Book I, Cantos 2, 6

class 13: John Lyly, Euphues; Philip Sidney, Defense of Poesy and Astrohple and Stella 1, 5, 41, 52, 71; Francis Bacon``On Truth''

class 14: Christopher Marlowe,"The Passionate Shepherd" and Dr. Faustus, scenes 1, 5, 12, 13

class 15: William Shakespeare, sonnets 3, 20, 29, 73, 94, 106, 116, 130, 138, 144, 147 and Twelfth Night, Acts I--II

class 16: William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Acts III--IV

class 17: William Shakespeare}{\textit{Twelfth Night, Act V}

class 18: FINAL EXAM

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Depending on their availability and competence, teaching assistants may be responsible for grading worksheets and exams; developing, copying, and distributing additional materials; and leading class discussions.


Grades will be based on the midterm exam (40%), final exam (40%), and worksheets (20%). Points may be deducted for missed class sessions or obvious unpreparedness.

Textbook & Reference

required: _The Norton Anthology of English Literature_, vol. 1 (Ninth edition), or vols. A and B (tenth edition).


recommended reading: C.S. Lewis, _The Discarded Image_. E.M.W. Tillyard, _The Elizabethan World Picture_.

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